Rock Photography – Tony Mott

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Rock Photography by Tony Mott

This Saturday, a new exhibition opens at the State Library on New South Wales in the Mitchell & Dixson Galleries and runs until 7 February 2016.

Australia’s premier rock photographer, Tony Mott has captured all aspects of the rock and roll lifestyle through his camera lens. An untrained photographer, he got his break with a photograph of Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the band Divinyls, and went on to become Australia’s leading rock photographer.

Mott has had over 30,000 photographs published in 20 countries and his images have appeared on the covers of 500 CDs, 400 posters and more than 900 magazines.

His book, “Rock Photography – The New Trainspotting” hints maybe at the way digital technology has allowed a lower skill level entry point – suggesting perhaps that anyone with a pulse and say $3000 can afford a full frame Nikon or Canon and a f/2.8 70-200mm lens, reasonable kit to become a rock photographer.

keef-by-tony-mott132Mott was the photographer the bands asked for and his portfolio features the biggest and greatest names in music such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and U2 as well as the rich and varied NSW independent band scene. From candid portraits to awe inspiring live shots Mott has a unique ability to connect with his subject.

Through the photography of Tony Mott the enormous changes in the music industry in Australia over the last twenty years can be tracked. The death of music street press, the loss of music venues as well the change to digital photography have all affected the music scene and as a consequence the art of rock photography.

Image: “Keef” (Keith Richards) by Tony Mott