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Michael Grecco

Michael Grecco is an award-winning photographer and director based in Los Angeles. He is recognised internationally for his high concept imagery, dramatic visual storytelling, mastery of lighting, and the powerful connections he forges with his subjects that result in surprising nuance and fresh takes on the most famous of faces.

Grecco’s immense body of work, which represents almost 45 years of capturing images, encompasses fine art, music, commercial, and editorial photography, as well as an outstanding portfolio of celebrity portraiture. The latter became a specialty when People Magazine invited him to move to Los Angeles in the late 1980s to shoot for the publication. 

Born in New York City, Michael attended college in Boston, where he began his professional career shooting for the Associated Press and covering the music scene for the legendary FM radio station WBCN. It was the heyday of punk rock’s arrival in the U.S. While he was documenting the nightclub and concert scenes in Boston and New York City, in the 1970s and 1980s, as a working photographer, Grecco – a self-described “club kid” of the time – had a unique opportunity to embed himself in this revolutionary scene as both a chronicler and a participant.

After these images sat dormant in flat files for decades, Grecco and his archivist decided to revisit them. Their efforts lead to his latest book, Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978–1991 (Abrams Books, 11/10/2020), and the accompanying multi-media exhibition, “Days of Punk.” The coffee-table volume features 162 previously unseen images – including backstage and onstage moments – that are available to collectors for the first time in exclusive limited editions. Grecco’s personal anecdotes from his times hanging out with the musicians he was shooting add further depth to the book.

Grecco says, “The spirit of Punk was extraordinary, its music endures. It marked me forever. This collection of work has never before been seen. As you look at these images, I hope you also get touched by its infectious freedom.”

These photographs are the centerpiece of the “Days of Punk” exhibition, which premiered at the international photography fair Photo London in 2021, and will subsequently travel the world. The show experience is augmented by soundscapes created in collaboration with members of the cult band Mission of Burma. A video component of the exhibition includes some archival footage that Grecco himself shot back in the punk era.

Grecco continues to create new work, and his images have appeared in publications including Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Esquire, and Rolling Stone, among many others. A father to three, Grecco lives and works in Santa Monica with his wife and their two Russian Blue cats. In his spare time, he can be seen exploring his adopted hometown’s diverse neighborhoods and subcultures on his Triumph Bonneville, with a favorite camera in tow, ready to find, capture and inspire.

We interviewed Michael Grecco to find out more about his music photography, career, and inspirations. Read our news article here to find out more

Joe Strummer of The Clash in Boston, USA in 1981 photographed by Michael Grecco

Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer of The Clash photographed by Michael Grecco in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981

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Posion Ivy of The Cramps in Boston, USA in 1980 photographed by Michael Grecco

The Cramps

Stunning photograph of Poison Ivy of The Cramps taken by Michael Grecco in Boston, USA in 1980.

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Adam & The Ants (AANT002MIGR)

Adam & The Ants

Adam & The Ants captured in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 1981.

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Adam Ant (AANT001MIGR)

Adam Ant

Adam Ant photographed by Michael Grecco posing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 1981

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Billy Idol in Boston, USA by 1982 photographed by Michael Grecco

Billy Idol

Stunning photograph of Billy Idol taken by Michael Grecco in Boston, USA in 1982.

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Pete Shelley and the Buzzcocks in Boston, USA in 1980 photographed by Michael Grecco

Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley sitting in front of a mirror with the other Buzzcocks in the reflection in Boston, USA in November 1980

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The Buzzcocks sitting around in Boston, Massachusettes in 1980 photographed by Michael Grecco

Buzzcocks

The Buzzcocks photographed by Michael Grecco in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980

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Kid Congo Powers of The Cramps in Boston, USA in 1980 photographed by Michael Grecco

The Cramps

Kid Congo Powers of The Cramps lying on the floor playing guitar at The Channel in Boston, USA in 1980.

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David Byrne of Talking Heads in Boston, Massachusettes in 1980 photographed by Michael Grecco

David Byrne

David Byrne of Talking Heads performing onstage in Boston, USA in November 1980

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Devo (DEVO001MIGR)

Devo

Devo photographed onstage in Boston, USA in 1978.

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Elvis Costello onstage at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA in 1980 photographed by Michael Grecco

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello onstage at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA in 1980.

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Madness performing in Boston, USA in 1983 photographed by Michael Grecco

Madness

Madness performing in Boston, USA in 1983 photographed by Michael Grecco.

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Johnny Ramone of the Ramones in Boston, USA in 1981 photographed by Michael Grecco

Ramones

Johnny Ramone of the Ramones performing in Boston, USA in January 1981 photographed by Michael Grecco

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Ramones, The (RA001MIGR)

The Ramones

The Ramones onstage in Boston, USA in January 1981

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Siouxsie & The Banshees in Boston, USA in 1980  photographed by Michael Grecco

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Siouxsie & The Banshees relaxing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1980.

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Slits, The (SLT001MIGR)

The Slits

Punk band the Slits performing at The Channel in Boston, USA in November 1980. 

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Specials, The (SPEC001MIGR)

The Specials

The Specials captured at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, USA in January 1980

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David Byrne and Adrian Belew, Talking Heads in Boston, USA in 1981 photographed by Michael Grecco

Talking Heads

David Byrne and Adrian Belew, Talking Heads photographed by Michael Grecco in Boston, USA in 1981

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The Clash in Boston, USA in May 1981 photographed by Michael Grecco

The Clash

The Clash photographed backstage in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in May 1981.

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Featured Prints

Jam, The (JA006MAGO)

The Jam

Contact sheet of The Jam's photo shoot for the cover of their debut album 'In The City'

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Patti Smith (PS001LR)

Patti Smith

Patti Smith photographed in the Netherlands in January 1980

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U2 (UT007DC)

U2

U2 on top of a hotel roof in Cork, Ireland on a cold February morning in 1980

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David Bowie (DB001POST)

David Bowie

Exclusive David Bowie print specially created by The Postman for Rockarchive, based on a photograph taken by Dave Hogan at Live Aid in 1985

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Clash, The (CL002SSHE)

The Clash

The Clash on stage at the the first large scale Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League carnival at Victoria Park, April 1978.

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Adam Ant (AANT001JF)

Adam Ant

Adam Ant photographed by Jill Furmanovsky during a cover shoot for The Face magazine in February 1981

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Featured Artists

Rolling Stones, The

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.

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Amy Winehouse onstage at the V Festival in 2008, photograph taken by photographer Mark Mawston

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.

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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

Blondie

Blondie is a American rock band founded by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein that pioneered the New York new wave & punk scenes of the 1970s.

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

A unique collection of images of Pink Floyd, one of the worlds most successful and influential rock bands.

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Oasis

Oasis

Oasis was an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band has sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968 & considered one of the most innovative & influential rock bands in history.

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Featured Collections

***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Jake Chessum

Jake Chessum

During his 30 year career Jake Chessum has shot defining images of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Jay Z, The Beastie Boys & David Bowie.

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Alternative artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd's Division Bell

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

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Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky is one of the greatest ever rock & roll photographers with a huge archive of iconic shots of the world's best music artists

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Contact Sheets Print Collection

Contact Sheets Print Collection

Our contact sheet print collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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Morgan Howell Print Collection

Morgan Howell Print Collection

Artist Morgan Howell's paintings of record sleeves have become cult classics. We are delighted to introduce a range of his affordable prints

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