Last Wednesday December the 7th, the Borges Cultural Center opened Bob Gruen exhibition “Rock Seen”. There are 70 pictures taken in four different decades by one of the most important photographers in rock history. From the famous images of John Lennon and Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols) to Muddy Watters, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Madonna, you can enjoy an illustrated history of rock.
Bob Gruen captured the essence of this particular music scene by achieving marvelous portraits of rock stars of the last decades. The history of Gruen’s work is nowadays a part of the rock history. He attended his first concert at the age of 13 (one of the folk singer Pete Seeger) and he fell in love with the sound of rock. He met John Lennon and Yoko in New York in 1972 and became friend of both.
In the 70’s he was Chief of Photography of “Rock Scene Magazine”, taking pictures of the bands he found interesting (weather they were famous or not). In those years he portrayed the beginnings of bands as The Ramones and the success of others as Led Zeppelin. Then, he worked with several punk rock bands as The New York Dolls, The Clash, The Ramones, Blondie and The Patti Smith Group.
Among others, he also took pictures of rock celebritiesas Elton John, The Who, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi. You can enjoy this exhibition until January the 15th 2012, everyday in Borges Cultural Center (525 Viamonte Street).