Bob Gruen has to be New York's preeminent rock photographer. If you don't believe me, you haven't seen his knockout installation Rockers currently on exhibit at Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery). Gruen was at CBGB's and Max's Kansas City back in the day and has the iconic images of everyone from the Ramones to Talking Heads to Blondie to you-name-it to prove it. He practically lived with John and Yoko! And he's a heck-of-a-nice-guy who deserves all his success. What makes him even more special is that he's still shooting many of the young bands today. Because he loves doing it! Really! For the most part, the work is not posed, studio rock god photography, but intimate photos captured on-the-spot. He was there!
Bob Gruen, Rock God