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Photographic history of rock & roll to visit Auckland Art Gallery

Monday 10 Sep 2012 12:49p.m.

Rock & roll history exhibit visiting NZ

Rare and never-before-exhibited works by photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, David LaChappelle, Dennis Hopper and Diane Arbus will be shown at the Auckland Art Gallery when new exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 – Present opens in November.

The exhibition will feature 173 works by over 100 photographers and is billed as 'the first museum exhibition to acknowledge photographers for their collaborative and creative role in the history of popular music’.

"This exhibition is a history not only of rock-n-roll, but of the men and women who have photographed it and given the music its visual identity," says photographic historian and author Gail Buckland, who curated the exhibition.

"From its earliest days, rock-n-roll was captured in photographs that personalised and frequently eroticised musicians. Photographers were handmaidens to the rock-n-roll revolution, and their work communicates the social and cultural transformations that rock helped bring about from the 1950s onwards."

The Auckland exhibition will mark the first time Who Shot Rock & Roll will have travelled outside of the United States, and the second international exhibition presented by the Auckland Gallery since it opened in September 2011.

It will run for three months from November 10.

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