Famed rock and roll photographer Ethan Russell has a story to tell, or make that, many.
Starting in his early 20s, Ethan Russell fell into photographing the biggest of the 60s British Invasion bands, such as The Rolling Stones, whom he also went on tour with. He also photographed the concerts and created album covers for The Beatles and The Who. And he has the distinction for being the only photographer who provided album covers for those three iconic bands. He also gained friendships with the renowned band members, and was invited to capture more personal shots, such as those between John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
That was then but this is now and yet, there’s no slowing down for Ethan Russell. His work is ongoing.
For example, in 2006, he captured some ethereal photos of Chris Cornell while he was working with Audioslave. And the list continues.
Apropos to his past touring with rock greats, Ethan Russell currently tours with personal stories, music and over 350 images of times well-lived. He shares stories of friendships, concerts, music, and unique moments that are best exemplified with the side by side screening of his legendary photographs. It’s an up-close and personal telling of rock and roll history. These are his Live shows. And he will be Live in Los Angeles this weekend. Buy any ticket you can get to this Saturday’s April 28th show at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA. You’ll have “The Best Seat in the House.”
That’s Saturday night. In the meantime, I have interviewed Ethan Russel about his aesthetic, his longevity, and his luck.
Although luck is debatable. Just listen to the lyrics from the best Rolling Stones’ song ever, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,”
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need.
In other words, Ethan Russell fell into a lot of luck (opportunities), but he had the work ethic, skill, and abilities to try and pull it off. And he did.
Q: You weren’t a trained photographer. Yet, it’s clear you had a strong aesthetic in mind when you were offered those early opportunities. How were you so confirmed in your aesthetic convictions at such a young age (early 20s)? Or were you just a natural?
Ethan: I was intuitive, but I was entirely untrained. Photography was not a career choice of mine. [Read more…]