MODERN ROCKS GALLERY

FINE ART MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Buy museum quality music photography from leading photographers. Photos of iconic musicians and bands available as signed limited edition prints. Bowie, Nirvana, Pink Floyd

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie's 5th studio album was released in the UK on this day in 1972.

We're incredibly proud to work with the original album cover designer, Terry Pastor, to bring you signed limited edition prints of both the front and back covers from what has been consistently considered one of the greatest albums of all time.

NEW ARRIVALS : PINK FLOYD 1967 by Andrew Whittuck

Following the hugely anticipated opening of the Pink Floyd exhibition #TheirMortalRemains at the V&A Museum in London, we're proud to announce a new collection of rare and early shots of the band from June 1967 by photographer Andrew Whittuck. Many of these wonderful shots feature in the exhibition.

Andrew recalls "I had a friend who knew the Pink Floyd managers and they were keen for any publicity, since they had only been formed eighteen months before. So for the first shoot they all came to my studio/bedroom in my parents’ house in Hampstead with all their instruments and most importantly for me, with their lighting guy. The only illumination I used was the lighting they used in their gigs, a 35mm Kodak projector with glass slides with a mixture of oil/water and coloured ink. 

I also then accompanied Pink Floyd to Abbey Road were I took a series of black and white images of them whilst they were recording their debut abum 'Pipers at the Gates of Dawn'. After that I took photographs of them at the UFO Club, Alexander Palace and the Royal College of Art."

NEW RELEASE: New limited edition David Bowie Aladdin Sane by Duffy

This demi-contact print just released by The Duffy Archive, features images from Brian Duffy's iconic 1972 shoot and is available in four limited edition sizes. The middle image features the enigmatic  ‘Eyes Open’ photograph which has been the main shot uses for the V&A ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition.

Check out our prints from the official Duffy Archive, including prints from the Aladdin Sane, Lodger and Scary Monsters album cover sessions. 

NEW ARRIVAL : Previously unreleased, The Who by Art Kane

Taken in his Carnegie Hall studio, before Art Kane took the band up to the Carl Schurz Memorial in Morningside Park, NYC, to shoot the now iconic shots of the band sleeping under the union jack flag.

"The Who. They were great, I loved these guys. For me they were like cute little ruffians. They made me think of Dickens, of Oliver Twist, Fagins gang." – Art Kane

Knowing that John Entwistle and Pete Townshend wore jackets made from flags, Kane decided to wrap them in a Union Jack: actually two, sewn together for the session. Initially they worked in his Carnegie Hall studio shooting on a seamless white background.

Art Kane was quite simply a brilliant visionary whose legacy and legend live on today, and whose work remains unmatched. Kane made the legendary Harlem 1958 Jazz portrait, and his music archives include Louis Armstrong, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, Frank Zappa, Cream, Eric Clapton, Sonny and Cher, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin. He was the photographers’ photographer, an inspirational practitioner whose approach to portraiture is best summed up when he said “Performance shots are a waste of time, they look like everyone else’s. If you want to shoot a performer, then grab them, own them, you have to own people, then twist them into what you want to say about them.” Kane died in 1995, but his legacy lives on through his amazing work. His son Jonathan curates his archive and releases small limited editions of these beautiful photographs. Each one is fully authenticated by Jonathan Kane on behalf of the Art Kane estate.

Pink Floyd "Their Mortal Remains"

This weekend the hugely anticipated Pink Floyd exhibition #TheirMortalRemains launches at the V&A Museum in London.

Modern Rocks Gallery has an amazing collection of limited edition Pink Floyd prints, taken across their celebrated career. From their first photo shoot in London's Ruskin Park, album recordings at Abbey Road, backstage moments during their Dark Side of the Moon tour, to onstage performing The Wall, our photos document and celebrate their unprecedented career.

No Pink Floyd collection would be complete without the iconic album art of Storm Thorgerson. Many of these limited edition prints, exclusive to Modern Rocks Gallery in the US, are signed by the late, great cover designer.

NEW RELEASE: David Bowie Scary Monsters Color Contact Sheet Print

Available for the first time in color, David Bowie in his Perriot clown costume from the Scary Monsters sessions from The Duffy Archive.

Museum quality contact sheet print from the official Duffy Archive. Originally shot in black and white, the image has been colorized for the first time by Brian Duffy's son, photographer Chris Duffy.

By the time this session was shot, Brian Duffy had given up his own studio, so Chris assisted his father and the session was shot in Chris’s London studio. After the shoot Chris photographed Bowie and those images were used to promote the album. Chris was ideally suited to interpret the session and give this endearing image a fresh new Pop Art perspective.

Available for the first time in two limited edition sizes.

Tracy Anne Hart

We're thrilled to welcome photographer Tracy Anne Hart to Modern Rocks Gallery.

Tracy is probably best known for her widely published shots of the Texas guitar legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Her prints have been exhibited across the US, including impressive displays at both The GRAMMY Museum and Bullock Texas State History Museum, as well as appearing in numerous books, magazines, CD's and DVD's.

Check out the collection where you can buy a unique piece of Texas Blues history.

Aladdin Sane, David Bowie and The Duffy Archive

David Bowie released Aladdin Sane 44 years ago today. We're incredibly proud to work with the Duffy Archive to bring you these authenticated prints from Brian Duffy's iconic album cover shoot, taken from his original 1973 negatives

Hannah Neal Jazz photography

We're pleased to announce a stunning new collection from fine art photographer, Hannah Neal.

Native Texan, Hannah, spent 20 years photographing Austin's finest Jazz musicians. These beautiful, timeless portraits of Ephraim Owens and Pete Rodriguez are now available as signed limited edition prints from our East Austin gallery, and through website.

Happy Birthday!

It's hard to believe but Modern Rocks Gallery opened its doors here in Austin 3 years ago today, and what an incredible journey its been. We've gone from a nervous first day with little promotion, to receiving international press and sending prints across the globe, all in a very short space of time.

Here's the image that started it all. I used to walk past this amazing shot of Tom Waits by Jill Furmanovsky every day on my way to work in a gallery in London. The seed was planted and I started to daydream of opening a rock photography gallery of my own on my tube ride across town. And here we are, 3 years later sending prints worldwide, and with my favorite photo sitting proudly above my couch at home!

Thanks for all your support over the last 3 years, it's been fun, but there's more fun to come with news of some very exciting new releases coming soon.

Don Hunstein 1928 - 2017

We were truly saddened to learn that the legendary photographer, Don Hunstein passed away a few days ago after a long battle with illness.

Don Hunstein had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He was the in-house photographer at Columbia Records shooting hundreds of album covers and documenting the recording sessions of many of the 20th Century’s most important musicians. He was a great photographer, equally skilled in large or small format, in black & white or color.

We're incredibly proud to have some of Don's work as part of the collection here at Modern Rocks Gallery. Click HERE to see some of his incredible images. 

Morgan Howell's SuperSizeArt prints arrive at Modern Rocks Gallery

We're pleased to announce a new collection from acclaimed British artist Morgan Howell.

Howell’s original large format paintings of old 45s have been attracting a cult following amongst musicians and music industry moguls alike. His large format 3D painting of David Bowie’s 'The Jean Genie' sits proudly on the wall at Sony Music, 'Yesterday' by The Beatles is at the iconic Capitol Building in L.A. and famous owners include Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Diamond, Lord Lloyd Webber, Don Letts, Jerry Dammers, Ian Brown and Johnny Marr. Examples of his work are a permanent feature of the Radio 2 Green Room alongside Elton John’s piano, and when the BBC interviewed The Rolling Stones in London’s Dorchester Hotel in the run up to their concerts at the 02 in November 2012, three of his supersize Rolling Stones singles formed the backdrop. A matched pair of his paintings of The Beatles double A-Side 'Hey Jude' and 'Revolution' fetched £20,000 in an auction at Abbey Road studios. His original painting for Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” has earned a place at BMG Chrysalis, whilst The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ and ‘The Clash piece 'White Man at Hammersmith Palais’ were auctioned off in aid of Children in Need.

Due to popular demand, Morgan has kindly released a collection of signed limited edition prints, taken directly from his original paintings, which are now available from Modern Rocks Gallery in the US.

NEW ARRIVALS - HORACE PANTER ART

We're both proud and excited to announce a new collection at Modern Rocks Gallery from British artist, Horace Panter, also known as Sir Horace Gentleman, bass player in the British ska 2-Tone band, The Specials.

Although most of his career has been defined by music, Horace graduated in 1975 with a degree in Fine Art from Coventry University. It was there where he met Jerry Dammers, and the concept of the ska/punk band, The Specials, was born. Horace's artistic influences are diverse and range from the Pop Art paraphernalia of artists such as Peter Blake, Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana, to the depictions of light in paintings by Edward Hopper and David Hockney.

Click on the image below to view and buy signed limited edition prints from this amazing collection which includes an amazing pop art portrait of Amy Winehouse that was commissioned by The Amy Winehouse Foundation.

His giant cassette paintings show the humble cassette tape as an icon in terms of its place in both musical and cultural history. Each one represents a band or a song that has stood the test of time and become a classic in the pop genre and the recording studio in which it was produced. Many of those studios no longer exist, so each cassette is meticulously researched to look true to the original studio tapes.

These vibrant prints have been exhibited in the UK, New York and LA, and now can be purchased from Modern Rocks Gallery as signed, limited edition prints.

The photography of Art Kane

We're proud to announce a new collection from the lens of celebrated photographer Art Kane.

Art Kane was quite simply a brilliant visionary whose legacy and legend live on today, and whose work remains unmatched. Kane made the legendary Harlem 1958 Jazz portrait, and his music archives include Louis Armstrong, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, Frank Zappa, Cream, Eric Clapton, Sonny and Cher, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin. He was the photographers’ photographer, an inspirational practitioner whose approach to portraiture is best summed up when he said “Performance shots are a waste of time, they look like everyone else’s. If you want to shoot a performer, then grab them, own them, you have to own people, then twist them into what you want to say about them.”

Kane died in 1995, but his legacy lives on through his amazing work. His son Jonathan curates his archive and releases small limited editions of these beautiful photographs. Each one is fully authenticated by his son, Jonathan Kane on behalf of the Art Kane estate.