Rock as art: From Lennon’s feet to Miles’ smiles
July 8, 2005
When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, Aspen has the sounds. But Basalt has the sights.For several years, local photographer Lynn Goldsmith has been bringing the best of rock photography to her eponymous gallery, located in the Mid-Valley Design Center. Goldsmith herself has shot virtually every legend of the classic rock era; the first photo she ever had published, while she was a Detroit teenager, was of John Lennon. Actually, of Lennon’s feet; Goldsmith’s explanation for the unusual image is that she was more interested in the carpet in the hotel lobby where the Beatle stood. Plus, she was more of an Elvis fan at the time.As catalogued in her book “PhotoDiary,” Goldsmith has photographed Sting and Miles Davis, The Who and Frank Zappa – and virtually everyone in between.Still, that hasn’t been enough. For her annual summer exhibit, Goldsmith has reached out to the most prominent photographers of the ’60s and ’70s, a roster that includes Elliott Landy, Herb Greene, Gered Mankowitz, Barry Feinstein, Jim Marshall and Henry Diltz. Goldsmith has a fondness not only for the music and artists of that bygone era, but also for the access photographers had to their subjects. The result has been rock ‘n’ roll photography as real art – not just stage shots of the biggest acts, but intimate, sometimes elaborate images of the musicians in private moments, in special places.This year’s show, featuring photos of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix and more, opens at the Lynn Goldsmith Gallery with a reception Monday at 5:30 p.m. For further information, call the gallery at 927-0320.