"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me, Papa-paparazzi. Baby you'll be famous, chase you down until you love me, Papa-paparazzi" so sings Lady Gaga. My sister Banana Meet-Cute alerted me to this fantastic website of Brad Elterman's. Brad borrowed a camera at 16 and was published in 1974 when his photo of Bob Dylan featured in British mag Sounds."It wasn't about making money. I was motivated by the passion."
"I was just a young kid, 18, 19, 20-years-old. I realized very soon that a picture of somebody holding a guitar, Dylan or whoever, it didn't really matter, to me that wasn't an interesting photograph. They were a dime a dozen. Dylan was the most interesting player for me. He had all the ingredients for a photo subject. I did this [job] because I had a passion for these icons and for the fact that Dylan was my hero. There was no reason to hire a stylist back then. The fashion came naturally-it was all part of the scene. All of the action was on the street. I would use the street as my studio. [It was] all very under produced."Debbie Harry, LA 1977
"Debbie Harry was such an exciting person to photograph. The camera adored her and she loved having her photo taken, which is a rare match in my industry."
for my tender teenage camera in 1977"The 70's rock scene seemed so glamorous and Bacchanalian. I love dreamy 70's pics. They all seem to have a golden haze. I'm also inspired by 70's rock & roll fashion - the movies Almost Famous, Boogie Nights, The Runaways, Midnight Cowboy and 54. The stories accompanying these photos are fascinating insights into a different world, where one could just rock up to their idol and snap a photo - well, most of the time, anyway! Fascinating reading.
"If you were in-crowd or involved in the music industry around 1976 you knew that Rod Stewart played soccer every Saturday at the Coldwater Canyon park in Beverly Hills. He was nuts about his game. I showed up every weekend with a long lens and I shot away. Rod never seemed to care. I would dash off to the color lab; then the next day on to the post office to mail my color slides to the teen publications in London. They purchased them all and demanded more. Photos of Rod kicking a ball can get a bit mundane after while; but if you wanted to make the real dough, you needed to get Rod with a girl. This photo is just what the London Daily Mirror wanted. Not only did they love the chick in the photo, but the icing on the cake was Rod with his pint of beer in hand! That is what made this photo! During these magical days at the Coldwater Canyon park, not once did anyone say No Photos nor did another photographer ever appear. Today, it would be total bedlam to photograph a star of Rod’s magnitude in a public park. The last time I drove by the park the soccer field was gone and the Department Of Water & Power had taken over the property. I will always have these wonderful memories of Rod, the soccer field, and that chick with the endless legs!"
"In 1978 I was invited to the Sgt Pepper party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Back then all of the press including the photographers got the free meal feedbag. There was a small group of us photographers and journalists who were regulars at these feasts. After gorging ourselves on shrimp, fillet and champagne, I proceeded to take some photos of Steve Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. I would attend about five or six of these extravaganzas every week. "
"When I was a kid back in 1978 I got invited to take photos at the Grease party on Paramount Studios back lot. Everyone was there including John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, of course. I had no idea about the magnitude of this film and how it would be revered decades later."
Joan Jett and Sandy West, Santa Monica Pier 1977