“I paint to make people feel good, and put a little joy into their lives.”
Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll.
From John Lennon to Johnny Rotten; Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones; Elvis to Madonna; Bob Dylan to Bob Marley; Tina Turner to Debbie Harry, he has captured the music scene for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition.
Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer and friend, making photos of their working life as well as private moments. In 1974 he created the iconic images of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt, and standing in front of the Statue of Liberty making the peace sign – two of the most popular of Lennon’s images.
Bob has worked with major rock acts such as Led zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss, and Alice Cooper. He toured extensively with the emerging punk and new wave bands including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group, and Blondie.
His “Sid Vicious with Hot Dog” photo was acquired in 1999 by The National Portrait Gallery, London, for their permanent collection and his John Lennon NYC T-shirt is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.