Legendary music photographer Mick Rock has died aged 72.
Famous for his photographs of the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Queen and Lou Reed, to name a few, Rock was known as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies.’
One of his major gigs was shooting David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust as the late music icon’s official photographer.
The news of Rock’s death was confirmed by his family in a statement reading: ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side.
‘Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than The Man Who Shot the 70s. He was a photographic poet, a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way.’
Celebrating his talent as a photographer, they continued: ‘The stars seemed to effortlessly align for Mick when he was behind the camera; feeding off the unique charisma of his subjects electrified and energised him.’
They said he was ‘a man fascinated with image’ who ‘absorbed visual beings through his lens and immersed himself in their art,’ describing his creations as ‘some of the most magnificent images rock music has ever seen.’
Rock’s family have asked for his life and legacy to be celebrated while asking for privacy as they grieve in private.
Their message concluded: ‘Let us not mourn the loss, but instead celebrate the fabulous life and extraordinary career of Michael David Rock.’
Encouraging fans and music lovers to mourn and remember him ‘in your own way,’ the family will not be making further comments.
Leading the tributes was Miley Cyrus, who worked with the photographer in recent times, which she said was ‘an honour.’
Alongside behind-the-scenes snaps from their shoot, she wrote on social media: ‘IT WAS BARELY OVER A YEAR AGO I SAT WITH YOU BY THE WINDOW LISTENING TO BOWIE STORIES…. IT WAS MY HONOR. #RIPMICKROCK [sic]’
Sharon Osbourne also shared some of Rock’s most famous photographs to pay her respects.
Accompanying some of his snaps of her rocker husband Ozzy Osbourne, she wrote: ‘We lost a legend, a true artist @therealmickrock. His work will live on forever.
‘There are too many epic photos to choose from, but I urge you to scroll through just a few of his greatest hits. All our love and respect to his family.’
Mick famously shot Queen’s iconic 1974 Queen II album cover of the four band members – Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, and the late Freddie Mercury – in a diamond formation, which was the basis for the music video for Bohemian Rhapsody.
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