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Michael Putland

Michael Putland is an English music photographer who "never had a day off in the ‘70s". He has photographed thousands of artists, literally from Abba to Zappa. Born in 1947 at Harrow-on-the-Hill near London. Encouraged by his uncle, he began shooting at age nine, and upon leaving school at sixteen he started work at a London studio where he assisted in advertising, fashion and architectural photography.

Michael was privileged to work with Louis Klementaski, the Legendary motor racing photographer, during this period. After briefly assisting Time/Life photographer Walter Curtain, he decided to go out on his own, sharing a studio with two friends and eventually securing work with the music magazine 'Disco & Music Echo'.

His first assignment was Mick Jagger. He went on to photograph John Lennon and Elton John, among others, before moving to 'Sounds' magazine and contributing photographs of the biggest names in music. He began to travel extensively and worked for most of the major record companies, especially CBS, Warner, Elektra, Atlantic, Polydor, RCA and EMI. Michael relocated to New York in 1977, where he continued his record company and editorial assignments, shooting artists as diverse as Billy Joel, The Clash and The Bee Gees.

Whilst in New York he founded the photo agency Retna and after returning to London in the early eighties, he opened the London branch and continued to shoot mainly musicians, including Madonna and George Michael.  Although his current work is still predominantly portraiture, his sitters are likely to be classical, jazz or world musicians and lifestyle subjects.

 

 

David Bowie (DB001MPUT)

David Bowie

Bowie had just had his hair styled and dyed Red Hot Red by hairdresser Susie Fussey and transforms into Ziggy Stardust.

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Rolling Stones, The (RS001MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones during their 1973 European Tour.

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Rolling Stones, The (RS002MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.

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Featured Prints

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David Bowie

David Bowie - Saxophone Session, London 1973

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The Rolling Stones

Don’t try this now as you would probably drown. Standing on the Thames during the first photo shoot.

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James Bown

James Brown in May 1985 captured during documentary filming in London, prior to performing at Hammersmith Odeon

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***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection.

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Björk

"This was shot for an NME cover in my grungy Sly St Studio, Björk was as charming & happy to play along with my slightly daft ideas."

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Blondie

Debbie Harry, from Blondie, at a photoshoot in New York, Autumn 1978 to accompany an interview to promote the release of Parallel Lines

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Featured Artists

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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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Madness

Madness are an English band from Camden Town, London & one of the most prominent bands of the late 70s & early 80s 2 Tone ska revival.

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David Bowie

David Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades & regarded by critics & musicians as a true innovator.

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The Smiths

Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

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Cliff Richard (and the Shadows)

Sir Cliff Richard is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor & philanthropist, he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide.

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter known for his musical tales of bohemians, drifters, misfits & his blend of blues, folk & jazz.

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Featured Collections

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Shots from the Hip: National Portrait Gallery

A specially curated exhibition in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, London showcasing classic photos from Rockarchive.

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Rockarchive Edition 100

Edition 100 was created to give fans & collectors a chance to own classic, historical pictures of their favorite bands.

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Darkroom Prints

All our traditonal darkroom prints are hand printed from the original negative by a master printer to give them a crafted and unique feel

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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.

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Mick Rock Limited Edition

All prints by Mick Rock are signed and printed in limited editions of 90 on Archival 260gsm Semi-Matt paper.

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Storm Thorgerson AV40

Storm Thorgerson AV40 or 'Alternate Versions 40' comprises of a series of images that are alternate versions of original album art.

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