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Rock photographer visits HPU

Provided by Dr. John Hart, College of Communication

Photographer Bob Gruen will speak at HPU’s Hawai‘i Loa campus Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided for HPU students, faculty, and staff through Student Life. Gruen will present a slide show, talk story, and answer questions about his work.


Gruen is one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s best-known and respected photographers. By the mid ’70s, he was already regarded as one of the foremost documenters of the Rock music scene, working with major artists such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Kiss, and others. He was also covering the emerging New Wave and Punk bands including The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones, and Blondie.

Several of his photographs have achieved iconic and classic stature, and have been published, reproduced, and merchandised worldwide:

• John Lennon in shades and a New York City t-shirt;
• the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious, streaked with blood playing bass;
• Kiss, business-suited and in makeup, on the cover of Dressed To Kill”;
• Jimmy Page posed with the other members of Led Zeppelin in front of their custom Lear jet, or posed solo in full, double-neck guitar splendor;
• Concert shots of Chuck Berry, The Who, Mick Jagger, Bob Marley, Debbie Harry, Madonna, and more.

Gruen’s pictures have appeared in magazines worldwide: People, Musician, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Rock & Folk (France), Music Life (Japan), New Musical Express, Mojo (Britain), and Bravo (Germany), to name but a few, and a host of national and international newspapers.

Gruen has had numerous exhibitions of his work, most notably at:

• VH1 Corporate Headquarters, New York City (2000);
• Steve Michele Gallery, Great Neck, NY (2000);
• Great Modern Pictures, New York City (1998,1999);
• A Gallery For Fine Photography, New Orleans (1996);
• The Special Photographers Gallery, London (1995);
• The Govinda Gallery, Washington D.C. (1995);
• The Melkwag Galerie, Amsterdam (1994);
• The Susan Cooper Gallery, Woodstock, New York(1991);
• Ron Wood’s Gallery , New York City (1990);
• The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., coinciding with the release of his book Sometime In New York City (March,1995).

The HPU event is sponsored by ASHPU and the Hawai‘i Advertising Federation.




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