Photographers Behind the Lens

'70s Music & Culture, As Seen By Six Legendary Photographers. We’re one week away from dropping the Volume 1 of the '70s Music & Culture collection!

Photographers Behind the Lens

70s Music & Culture, As Seen By Six Legendary Photographers

We’re one week away from dropping the Volume 1 of the '70s Music & Culture collection!

As music fans and collectors around the world gear up for this iconic drop, it’s worth acquainting ourselves with the legendary photographers who’ve done so much to immortalize this storied era.

Each collection is built around the work of a specific photographer and composed of 10 individual images selected by Getty’s curatorial team. The six collections were pulled from a historical repository made up of thousands of images and include images that invoke multiple narratives and express a variety of compositions.

Fin Costello

In 1971, Fin Costello’s friend asked him to shoot a band at the storied London concert venue the Roundhouse. Within a year he was a photographer for the Rolling Stones on the Exile and Main Street tour and snapping the biggest rock acts of the era, from British veterans like Led Zeppelin to American up-and-comers like Aerosmith and Van Halen. Costello's photographs have been published in countless music magazines, books, and album covers, international galleries, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Collection: Rock Icons

This collection celebrates the chart-topping rock icons of the '70s at the peak of their glory, captured through Costello’s discerning lens. Costello’s photography style is characterized by its dramatic and dynamic composition, use of high contrast and intense lighting, and unusual angles and perspectives – all of which give a sense of drama and fluidity to his images.

David Redfern

Celebrated British music and jazz photographer David Redfern is best known for his iconic photographs of some of the biggest names in the '70s music industry. Redfern established himself as one of the leading music photographers in the world, and his photographs were featured in major publications such as Rolling Stone, Time, and Newsweek.

Collection: Into the Arena

As a shooter for the English music TV programs Ready Steady Go! and Thank Your Lucky Stars, David Redfern became a favorite of superstars like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Redfern captures the immediacy of the '70s through a mixture of bold, vibrant colors, deliberate motion blurs, and candid close-ups, which he deploys in intimate portraits of his start-studded subjects as well as sweeping views of their thunderous stage presence.

Richard Creamer

The son of a Los Angeles television cameraman, Richard Creamer parlayed his passion for documenting rock concerts into a regular gig for Rolling Stone’s greatest rival, Creem. More than any other photographer of his time, Creamer was able to straddle the eclectic, overlapping worlds of Hollywood’s red carpet and the underground music scene with sparkling candor.

Collection: Stage Life

Richard Creamer's photography style was characterized by its honesty and compassion. This collection distills Creamer’s chronicles of the decadent clubs of the '70s, ranging from the Troubadour to Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco. Creamer also captured the vanguard of New York’s emergent punk scene along with one-of-a-kind artists, in a way that reveals the complexity of the human experience beyond mere celebrity.

Steve Morley

Steve Morley is an American photographer best known for his edgy, raw quality images that often capture the intense energy and passion of live performances. Morley photographed era-legends, and his images of  particularly noteworthy, capturing the theatrical and provocative aspects of the musician's stage persona.

Collection: Rock Legends

This awe-inspiring collection captures the energy and excitement of the most famous rock musicians of the 1970s, immortalized through Morley’s signature lens. of the raw talent and creativity of the musicians. With their candid and intimate portrayal of the music icons, these rare photographs offer a unique and captivating perspective on one of the most influential periods in music history.

Don Paulsen

As the editor of New York’s Hit Parader magazine for half a decade, Don Paulsen enjoyed unparalleled access to trailblazers ranging from jazz visionary, blues rock, funk and soul. He was equally at home with synthesists on the other end of the radio dial, revealing  both his wide range of musical proclivities as well as aesthetic sensibilities.

Collection: Close and Personal

Paulsen’s unique photography style was characterized by its raw and unpolished quality, which mirrored the gritty and rebellious spirit of the music he was photographing. Paulsen had a talent for capturing intimate moments and candid expressions, often taken in low light conditions, which added to the dramatic and atmospheric quality of his images. This collection celebrates this visual dynamism, with many of Paulsen’s photographs capturing musicians in the midst of passionate performances.

Peter Keegan

Peter Keegan was a British photographer who worked as a street photographer during the 1970s. He was known for capturing candid images of people on the streets, often in black and white, and his photographs offer a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives during that era. Keegan's work is characterized by their gritty and unvarnished quality, capturing the city's working-class neighborhoods, markets, and parks. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums, and have become valued records of life during the 1970s.

Collection: NYC Streetscapes Vol. 01

This collection is classic Keegan, with its stark, beautiful contrasts and immaculate attention to detail – all of which serve to bring out the unique textures and personalities of New York’s neighborhoods. Keegan’s talent for capturing candid and unposed moments provides a documentary-like quality to his images, and his use of black and white film adds to the dramatic and moody atmosphere of his photographs, which is well-suited for this turbulent era in the city's history.

All collections will be available on starting March 21, 2023, at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT). At the same time, we will be releasing 60 single-image digital photographs featuring iconic '70s artists across multiple genres.

Collection Purchase Terms:

  • Price $25.00 USD per Individual Image (1 image)
  • Price: $200.00 USD per Collection (10 images)
  • Limits: 4 per Transaction Limit, no account limit
  • Can purchase via CC, Candy Balance, USDC

The first 500 collection purchasers from the drop who are subscribed to Candy marketing emails  will receive 35% off where they can print their Getty Images digital photographs into physical keepsakes.

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Make History Yours with Exposure: by Getty Images & Candy

You’re one week away from claiming your own piece of '70s music and cultural history. In the meantime, be sure to claim the free digital photograph here if you haven’t already.

Each Candy account is limited to 1 free digital photograph, and once you claim your digital photograph, you will automatically be entered into a lottery to win a Polaroid Go Starter Set, plus a free collection of 10 images from their photographer of choice!

You have until 5pm ET on Wednesday, March 15, to claim your digital photograph. The winner will be announced on March 16, 2023.

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