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Catherine McGann

New York native Catherine McGann picked up photography while studying painting in art school in the mid ‘80’s.  Instantly smitten, she abandoned her brushes and hasn’t looked back. Shortly after graduation she moved to the East Village, where her journalistic, documentary style found a perfect home at the weekly alternative newspaper, The Village Voice.

She quickly became a Contributing Photographer, shooting assignments at a breakneck pace throughout the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, including a regular weekly nightlife column which continued for fifteen years with famed New York writer/personality Michael Musto.  Catherine documented some of the most compelling personalities in music and beyond including:  Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, Green Day, Aretha Franklin, Black Crowes, Diamanda Galas and others.

Catherine’s client list soon expanded to include Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Spin, Mute Records, Guitar World and many others.  Her work has been published extensively internationally, and she has been profiled in publications in New York, London, and Tel Aviv.  Her work has been  exhibited in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.  
Believing that shooting a portrait is “an intimate thing, a two way street” Catherine favored working on location in 35mm black-and-white:  “I’d rather be a fly on the wall in someone else’s world than try to fit them into an artificial world that I impose on them. I really believe in ‘the decisive moment’, that the best pictures are truly spontaneous, and almost given to you, somehow…”  

Ready for a change, she packed up her negatives in 2001 and moved to Los Angeles with her family, where she currently lives and works.


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Green Day

Green Day had just hit it big and I was assigned by Entertainment Weekly magazine to shoot the band backstage at Madison Square Garden.

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Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson backstage at The Jon Stewart Show in New York in June 1995

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers having a calm moment whilst Catherine Mcgann shoots for Guitar World Magazine.

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Rufus Wainwright

Photographed at the Cheyenne Diner on the west side of Manhattan in May of 1998. Rufus was polite charming and relaxed.

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Featured Prints



Backstage at the video shoot for the hit single 'You'll See' shot in Spain, October 1995

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The Beatles

Photo shoot of the fab four taken at Sheriff Road, London in 1965

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The Beatles

The Beatles having fun at Cliveden House whilst taking a break from filming the comedy, Help in May 1965.

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Tom Jones

Tom Jones performing on the eve of Latitude Festival in July 2010. He showcased his new album of blues and gospel songs, ‘Praise And Blame’

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Bruce Springsteen

During the Born In The USA Tour at the Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, 1985.

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David Bowie

Contact sheet taken from the photo shoot for Aladdin Sane

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Featured Artists


The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.


Van Morrison

Van Morrison is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter and musician who is usually known by the name "Van the Man" to his fans.


Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges.


Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Rolling Stone considers him one of the greatest singers of all time.


John Coltrane

John Coltrane is one of the most dominant influences on post-1960 jazz saxophonists and has inspired an entire generation of jazz musicians.


Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band formed in 1985. Their music is a fusion of punk rock, blues rock, heavy metal & hard rock.


Featured Collections


Don Hunstein: In Focus

Celebrating the work of Columbia Records photographer Don Hunstein who has documented many of the 20th Century’s most important musicians.

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David Bowie Remembered

We remember the late, great David Bowie one year after his untimely passing. This collection captures his innovative, uncompromising genius


*Oasis DNA Exhibition: Manchester Central Library

An exhibition of iconic, personal and unseen images of Oasis taken by Jill Furmanovsky whilst working with the band during the mid-1990s.


Rockarchive Edition 20

Rockarchive Edition 20 are very limited and unique editions of just 20 prints that are exclusive to Rockarchive.


Shine On: Pink Floyd in Focus

Pink Floyd's sublime music of hope and despair, touches all nationalities and is as meaningful today as it was when conceived.


Album Covers

Album covers can define a band almost as much as the music itself. Now you can put this great art on your wall as well as your turntable