This year the Morrison Hotel Gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary of curating and preserving music photography as a fine art.
The gallery, at 124 Prince Street, represents some of the brightest names in music photography, including legendary John Lennon photographer Bob Gruen, flamboyant David Bowie shutterbug Mick Rock and the prolific Lynn Goldsmith.
WNET’s SundayArts visited Morrison Hotel several times over the course of its decennial year, speaking with photographers and admirers of their work.
Founded by recording industry veterans Peter Blachley, Rich Horowitz and photographer Henry Diltz, the Morrison Hotel opened the gallery in 2001 as a response to what they considered the trivialization of music photography as an artform.
“[We] were very adamant about not having a name like ‘Legends’ or ‘Collectibles,'” co-founder Peter Blachley explained to SundayArts. “We didn’t want to be a place where you could get Elvis’ shoes.”
Click below to see selected works from Morrison Hotel Gallery photographers:
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A profile of Morrison Hotel Gallery, featuring interviews with founders Peter Blachley, Rich Horowitz, and Henry Diltz. Video courtesy of SundayArts.