Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update – May, 2019 (with previews for June/July, too)
By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com
6/1/19 update –
With Summer almost upon us, it’s important to know what’s going on with the people who make your favorite album cover images just in case their work is on display in your area (and, if you’re lucky, whether they’re going to be in your area in support of these shows). In addition to the details of these current/ongoing/just closed shows, you’ll also find interesting tidbits about new books, prints and other collectibles now available, as well as a little sad news about the passing of two well-regarded album cover artists. And so, without any further delay, heeeere’s this month’s summary…
Exhibitions/gallery shows –
1) ON NOW – Album cover fans will know his work on the covers of records such as Blonde on Blonde for Bob Dylan, We’re Only In It For The Money for Frank Zappa & The Mothers – We’re Only In It For The Money, Sonny & Cher’s The Wonderful World of Sonny & Cher and others; film fans will remember his string of award-winning movies in the 1970s including Panic in Needle Park (1971 – starring Al Pacino), Scarecrow (1973) and 1979’s Seduction of Joe Tynan. Whether you’re a fan of his for those works or for the many photos of his that have graced publications including Esquire, Glamour and Vogue, New York City’s very own Jerry Schatzberg’s images are always memorable, so when I heard about this new show that just launched in France – Off Grand Concourse: A Jerry Schatzberg Retrospective, presented by Château de Chamarande, I knew that fans of his work would be pleased and eager to see it in person.
According to the show’s press – “The theme of Schatzberg’s retrospective at Château de Chamarande materialized organically from his formative years spent in the Bronx. His vision as an artist is a direct result of his first 14 years living literally off Grand Concourse, where he absorbed the culture created by the first, second and third generation immigrants in his neighborhood. An immense pool of talent emerged from the competitive spirit and ingenuity of these people, who had journeyed to The Bronx in search of affordable housing. Though it takes greater struggle, imagination, and innovation to thrive as an immigrant in America, the benefit of being in the margins is that when no one is paying attention, there is much greater freedom to take risks, make mistakes, and buck convention. Analogous to Off Broadway and how it functions in the theater world as a safe space for experimentation and exploration of varying perspectives, Off Grand Concourse represents those on the fringe willing to thumb their noses at the mainstream with audacity, quirkiness, grit, and fortitude. Everything Jerry Schatzberg produces is informed by these indelible Off Grand Concourse roots.”
Château de Chamarande is a 16th Century castle which sits upon 90 acres of land in the suburbs of Paris. “The grandeur and history of the space juxtaposed with the cutting-edge contemporary art exhibited within” will certainly provide fans with an exciting overall experience. The show runs from now thru August 31st at Château de Chamarande and will travel to New York City later this Fall (details to follow, as they’re available). More information is available on the venue’s web site (mostly in French, but with some pages in English) – http://chamarande.essonne.fr/exposition-off-grand-concourse-du-27-mai-au-1er-septembre-2019/
To see more examples of Jerry Schatzberg’s work, please visit his web site at: http://www.jerryschatzberg.com and, if you’d like to read the interview I did with him a while back about his work on the aforementioned Frank Zappa cover, click on over to https://rockpopgallery.typepad.com/rockpop_gallery_news/2007/10/cover-story-fra.html
2) UPCOMING – While now considered by many to be one of Britain’s greatest living portrait photographers, music remains an important part of both Brian Griffin’s personal and professional lives. His photographic and film-making skills remain in demand, with noted entertainment industry clients including Brian Eno, the late Sir George Martin, Simple Minds, Billy Idol, Peter Gabriel, King Sunny Ade and Sir Paul McCartney turning to him when they want a photo portrait like no other. In 1982, The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. named Griffin “The Photographer of the Decade” and his photo shot for the cover of Depeche Mode’s 1982 album, A Broken Frame, was featured on the cover of Life Magazine’s special issue, “The Greatest Photographs of the ‘80s”. All along the way, Brian has been the recipient of many other honors, winning numerous D&AD awards, and his 1988 book Work was awarded the “Best Photographic Book In The World” at the Primavera Fotográfica in Barcelona, Spain. Beginning June 7th, London’s MMX Gallery is delighted to be showing a selection of over 30 of Brian’s early work from the 1970s and 1980s – many rarely seen in public – and will include images from his books Moscow (1974); Copyright (1978); Power (1981) and the aforementioned Work.
Most of the works included in the show are Vintage Silver Gelatin or Vintage Silver Bromide prints and all are for sale. There will also be signed copies of Copyright 1978, the first self-published photo book in the UK, published by the man himself; Brian Griffin. Located on New Cross Road in London (nearest tube stop – New Cross), MMX Gallery – housed in a Victorian building – was founded in a former photography studio in London in 2014 by Mark and Magdalena Shackleton. Gallery press tells us that the curators “use photography as a catalyst to exhibit new and established photographers and photographic artists”.
I had the pleasure of selling Brian’s works in my old gallery and, in 2014, worked with him on a “Featured Artist Portfolio” article for the ACHOF site, which I’d invite you all to read by clicking on this link – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/featured-album-cover-artist-portfolio-brian-griffin/
3) UPCOMING – Originally from Detroit, MI, Lynn Goldsmith graduated college with degrees in English and psychology and, as you might have figured, she went to work as a creative in the music business. A self-taught photographer, she used her innate talents and keen eye and applied them to TV, directing ABC’s In Concert series and becoming – the youngest woman director ever to do so – a member of the Director’s Guild of America. After producing a documentary on the band in the early 1970s called We’re An American Band, Lynn’s entrepreneurial spirit and natural skills as a manager led her to become co-manager of Grand Funk Railroad (who she also did the album art for). A couple of years later, she decided to devote her time and energies to photographic pursuits and began to build portfolios of images of many of the time’s best-known rock and roll acts – The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson. In the mid-1970s, she launched her own photo agency – specializing in celebrity portraiture – called LGI, a business she’d run for the next 20 years.
Lynn sold LGI to Corbis in 1997 and has since devoted her time to her photographic endeavors, working with a wide range of clients in the entertainment and publishing industries, with a resume that boasts photographs on over 100 albums and editorial images in publications including Elle, Interview, Life, Newsweek, The New Yorker, People, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Time and many others. Notable album cover credits include – Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti and Broadway The Hard Way; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedos; B-52s – Wild Planet; Ted Nugent – Scream Dream; Talking Heads – The Name of This Band is Talking Heads; Yanni – Steal The Sky and The Collection; Grand Funk Railroad – Shinin’ On and Private Eyes and Live At The Apollo with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks for Hall & Oates, among many others.
During her career, she has been honored with a number of awards, including those from NPC International, the Art Director’s Club, numerous medals from the International and TV Film Festival in NY and the prestigious Lucien Clerque Award in 1986. Her works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in museums, public spaces and galleries worldwide, so if you’re in the San Francisco Bay area on Saturday, June 8th, the folks at the San Francisco Art Exchange would like to invite you to attend the premiere of two new collections of Lynn’s photos at an opening reception at the gallery (beginning at 7:00PM local time) during which the artist will be in attendance to meet with collectors and share details about creating her incredible artworks.
According to the gallery’s PR, “Rock and Roll Stories : A Collection of Photographs by Lynn Goldsmith is a breathtaking exhibition from one of the most prolific and diverse rock photographers of her generation and will be on display through June. It will showcase a wide range of Goldsmith’s legendary rock photos, some rarely, if ever, seen before.
In addition to these, a brand new Goldsmith collection will also be featured in the gallery. We will be debuting the Imagine Series, a group of visionary new photo creations which incorporate a variety of musical icons into fantastical settings replete with vibrant color and delightfully whimsical details. These artworks portray icons such as Dolly Parton as a Ringmaster, Cher as fairy tale legend Thumbelina, Michael Jackson as Aladdin, The Eurythmics – Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart – as Cinderella and her footman, to name a few”.
To RSVP for the show, contact the gallery at email@example.com . They’re located at 458 Geary St. in San Francisco, CA – 415 441.8840
To see the Gallery’s collection of photos from Ms. Goldsmith that will be available for sale, click on over to http://www.sfae.com/index.php?pg=400167
To find out more about this artist, please visit her web site at http://lynngoldsmith.com/menu.html
4) UPCOMING – Bob Gruen is one of the best-known and respected photographers in the Music/Entertainment business. After John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in 1971, Gruen became both their friend and personal photographer and was allowed to record moments in their personal and professional lives. Two of his best-known images are ones he took of Lennon flashing a “peace sign” while standing in front of the Statue of Liberty, the other featuring Lennon on a rooftop wearing a now-iconic “New York City” t-shirt. As chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the 1970s, Bob specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. 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. This seminal body of work reflects a profound commitment and long-standing personal friendship with the artists. His wealth of personal experiences and uncanny memory provide some of the most illuminating and comprehensive histories of rock youth culture.
Bob has captured the top acts in the music world for over 40 years, gaining world-wide recognition for his works featuring major acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Muddy Waters, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Madonna, Kiss & Alice Cooper. In 1989, he documented the epic trip to Russia of the “Moscow Music Peace Festival” featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi, and album cover fans will know and love his work on records such as Dressed To Kill for KISS; John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band’s – Sometime in New York City and Raspberries for the Raspberries.
Mr. Gruen will be on hand for the opening of his show at the Liss Gallery in Toronto, one that runs from June 15 thru July 6th. Bob will be there from 6-8PM on June 15th and the gallery will, in addition to a fine selection of fine art prints for sale, also have copies of his 2011 career retrospective book Rock Seen and, I’m sure if you ask nicely, he will sign them for purchasers.
5) UPCOMING in July – The World Illustration Awards (U.K.) Exhibition 2019, presented by the AOI in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, has just present the full shortlist of 200 entries in the various categories they cover – with spotlight presentations of work by Category and Award Winners – on their website. If you’d like to see the Shortlist of nominees in the Design category (where designs for album covers, AKA “record sleeves”, are found), click on over to – https://theaoi.com/wia/?orderby=rand&award-year=2019&award-list=shortlist&award-category=design There, you’ll find several works showing off the latest in album cover design, including an impressive example from Illustrator Tim Easley that features a painstakingly-created circuit board made of plasticine to be used on the record sleeve for the band Modified Man. The exhibition features a range of materials and processes that helps us all better appreciate the imaginative approaches to record packaging you’ll see included in the show.
The Category and Overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at Somerset House on July 10, alongside the winners of three new cross-category awards, including an AOI Members Award, a Directory of Illustration Award, and the Society of Artists Agents Award for New Talent.
6) ONGOING – Opening of Contact High hip-hop photography show in LA – One of the first books I found when starting to source some of the content I’d need for the Hip-Hop Historical Timeline project I’m working on was Vikki Tobak’s beautifully-done photo book Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop which, per the book’s intro, “is an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diaries – their contact sheets”. Beginning with Joe Conzo, Jr.’s 1979 photo of party-meister Kool Herc and Cold Crush Brothers founding member Tony Tone and taking us through the highlights of hip-hop history (ending with Phil Knott’s cover shots for A$AP Rocky’s 2012 record Long,Live.A$AP), the book now serves as the basis for a show that opened recently at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles (one that runs there through August 18th). The show includes nearly 140 photos from 60 different shooters and includes over 75 of the original contact sheets of the photo sessions that produced the shots we’ve come to know and love.
More info on this show is available on the museum’s site at https://www.annenbergphotospace.org/exhibits/contact-high/
7) ONGOING – Commercial banker/punk art/ephemera collector Andrew Krivine’s incredible collection has been tapped over the years for shows on the topic (items from his collection have also served as the basis of a 2011 exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC – Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82 – a survey of “the extraordinary diversity of Punk and Post-Punk graphic design” – and the 2014 show staged at the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA that opened in January, 2014 called Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk). Now, at Museum of Art and Design in NYC (also running through August 18th), a comprehensive new show pulls out all of the stops to give fans a sense of what things looked like after everything punk invaded our collective sensibilities forty years ago.
Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 was organized by Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and curated by Andrew Blauvelt, Director, with the assistance of Steffi Duarte. The presentation at the Museum of Arts and Design was managed by Curatorial Assistant Alida Jekabson, with more information available at https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/too-fast-live-too-young-die The show’s opening night featured an appearance by none other than Mr. Johnny Rotten himself – – https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/johnny-rotten-museum-art-design-1526224?
8) ONGOING – The exhibition in Malmo, Sweden at the Moderna Museet that features the works of Pop Art master Andy Warhol continues on display now through September 8th. What makes this show all the more impressive is that it is one in which a fellow album cover lover/blogger – Dr. Richard Forrest – had given his entire collection of Warhol-crafted album covers (some 81 covers in all, spanning from the 1950s through the 1980s and including Warhol’s work for clients in the jazz, rock and pop genres) in support of.
Since that time, the show has attracted fans from all over the world, and Dr. Forrest was kind enough to send along several photos of his collection as it’s on display, and all I can say is WOW and suggest quite strongly that anyone travelling to that part of the world be sure to take the time to see these covers – and the entire Warhol collection – in this setting.
More details on the show (and its previous staging in Stockholm) can be found on the museum’s web site at https://www.modernamuseet.se/malmo/en/exhibitions/warhol-1968/
9) ONGOING – Making his first investment towards his career as a photographer, 14-year-old Mark Weiss bartered some manual labor mowing lawns for his first camera and converted his family bathroom into his darkroom. Later that year, he began sneaking his camera into local concert venues to capture close-up performance shots of his favorite musical acts. Pleased with the results of his efforts, he embarked on his first professional enterprise – selling his photos of acts including David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Queen to fans outside his favorite venues. In 1977, after an extended stint by KISS at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the young Mr. Weiss was attempting to sell his photos from the event outside the venue when he was arrested for bootlegging, leading him to believe that the next best step for him in his career would be as a paid professional.
By the end of the 1980s, Mark’s photos were featured in a number of influential rock magazines including Circus, Creem, Hit Parader, Rock Scene and Rolling Stone. Expanding his subject list to include celebrities in all walks of life, Mark was also on hand when MTV launched in 1981, serving as their principal in-studio photographer and capturing shots from a series of iconic in-studio performances and interviews. He was also an in-demand photographer for album cover shots, beginning with his well-known image of Twisted Sister’s Dee Snyder holding a bone on the cover of their 1984 release Stay Hungry (a cover featured prominently in the PMRC’s case against violent song lyrics and imagery, during which Snyder eloquently defended himself against the ridiculous questions of the prudish Committee members) and adding many others to his portfolio thereafter.
Mark went on to become the official photographer for the Moscow Peace festival in 1989 and he continues to work with long-established clients including Aerosmith, KISS, Guns N Roses and Ozzy while adding a number of current musical acts such as Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Gwen Sefani, Justin Timberlake and Usher, just to name a few. As the focus of a show launched in mid-May, a collection of Mark’s photos has served as the basis of an exhibition will run through Sunday, June 3rd at the C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich, CT. Mark and Fox 5 NYC anchor Steve Lacy were on hand during the opening weekend to talk to fans about his iconic shots of artists including Bon Jovi, Guns n’ Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen and more. https://www.cparkergallery.com/big-hair-good-times
10) ONGOING – Continuing on now through October 1st at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC is the Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll exhibition co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I’ve written about this show previously and, while it’s not a show with a focus on album cover imagery, the fact that approximately 130 of rock music’s most-recognized instruments (and costumes, posters, etc.) – many of which have appeared in photos that have been used on album packages – are on display and, at several points during the show, will be played by their owners – is a unique opportunity for us mere mortals to see the instruments that made the music that made us so happy over the years.
11) RECENTLY CLOSED – With a history in album cover design going back to the 1960s, Pop artist Peter Max continues to make new fans and happy collectors when his works are featured in exhibitions, so a recent show for folks in the Pittsburgh, PA area (which closed May 19th) allowed them to take a look at a collection on display at the Christine Frechard Gallery there that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock Music and Arts festival via selections of Max’s works that helped define the look of that era. His work from that time has been featured on the covers of many national publications (e.g., the psychedelic collage cover of People Magazine’s 6/22/87 issue commemorating the 20th anniversary of “The Summer of Love”) and, since then, he’s been a fixture in the music business, creating covers for the Grammy Awards, set designs and promo graphics for the 1994 and 1999 re-stagings of the Woodstock festival and the art for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 30th annual induction ceremonies in 2015.
Writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Scott Mervis presents an interview with the now 81-year-old painter about his historic past and the works that will be on display at this show – https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2019/05/08/Peter-Max-interview-artist-Love-Christine-Frechard-Gallery-exhibition-Pittsburgh/stories/201905060078
To find out more about the gallery and this exhibition, click on over to – https://www.christinefrechardgallery.com/project/woodstock-50th-anniversary/
12) RECENTLY CLOSED – I’ve written in the past about the many artists who’ve plied their trade for clients in both the cartoon/animation and music packaging businesses (examples include folks like Robert Crumb, Jack Davis, Edward Steed and many others), so it’s no mystery to find that a new show that was staged over the weekend of May 17-19 in Huntington Beach, CA that was the brainchild of another accomplished artist – Steve McGarry – whose portfolio includes album covers (for acts including Joy Division, John Cooper Clarke and others), a syndicated strip called Diary Of Rock & Pop and storyboard artist credits for hit films including The Minions and The Secret Life of Pets. Steve’s also the current president of the educational and charitable foundation of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) and, with the help of the UK’s Julie Tait, who is the organizer of that nation’s Lakes International Comic Arts Festival and others, they’re premiering NCSFest https://ncsfest.com/about/. According to the show’s press, the festival included “hundreds of the world’s most celebrated creators who were expected to attend the three-day event, participating in seminars, exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions and signing sessions, the vast majority of which were free to the public. Downtown Huntington Beach was the setting, with all events staged beach-side, on the iconic pier, at the city’s Arts Center and library and in local hotels and businesses, all within easy walking distance.”
Sounds like a great way to have spent a part of your weekend. If you’d like to learn a little more about Steve, you can click on over to his web site at http://stevemcgarry.com/about/ and to learn more about the organization and its good works, please visit http://cartoonistfoundation.org/
Artist News and Interviews
1) The month of May was a particularly costly one for fans of unforgettable heavy metal, rock and classical album cover art and design with the news that both Larry Carroll – the designer for Reign In Blood, South of Heaven, Christ Illusion, Still Reigning and Seasons of the Abyss for Slayer – and Roslav Szaybo, the art director for CBS Records throughout most of the 1970s and 1980s, have died.
Born in Australia but raised in California, Larry Carroll’s art was not for the faint-of-heart, with his works often compared to those of 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch (known around the world for his highly-detailed-and-disturbing Garden of Earthly Delights triptych and its “Last Judgement” hellscape). Still, while he may not have been the first choice to illustrate covers for pop stars, his unquestionable talents helped bring high art and interest to a genre many music/art fans might never see otherwise. In addition to Larry’s work on his Slayer covers, Carroll also created remarkable editorial imagery for The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Newsweek, The New York Times, Spin, Ray Gun and other publications. Larry Carroll was 65 years old.
Both Revolver Magazine and the Exclaim (Canada) site have more info on Carroll’s life and death – https://www.revolvermag.com/culture/larry-carroll-slayer-album-cover-artist-dead-65; http://exclaim.ca/music/article/r_i_p_slayer_cover_artist_larry_carroll
Dead at the age of 85, Roslav Szaybo was born in Poznań, Poland in 1933. A 1961 graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Szaybo later moved to the U.K. to become the chief artistic director at CBS Records. A contemporary and co-worker of another artist from Poland who achieved great fame as an album cover designer – Stanislav Zagorsky – Szaybo worked at CBS Records from 1972 to 1988 where he lead the design efforts for more than 2,000 albums covers. Judas Priest fans know and love his memorable work for the band – he designed the band’s logo, the razor blade cover for British Steel and the band’s 2014 release Scream Maker, among other projects – but he’s also credited for covers for Argent, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Clash, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Mott The Hoople, Santana, Soft Machine and The Zombies, among many others.
A recent obit in Revolver Magazine gives us more – https://www.revolvermag.com/culture/ros%C5%82aw-szaybo-designer-judas-priest-logo-and-album-covers-dead-85
You can view a selection of this artist’s work over the years on the Pigasus Polish Poster Gallery site – http://www.pigasus-gallery.de/szaybo-poster.php
On a related note, Revolver Mag released a summary of the “Top 5 Metal album covers of all time”, in honor of Larry C and Roslaw S, and while (strangely), none of Mr. Szaybo’s scores of covers made the list, Mr. Carroll’s cover for Slayer’s 1986 album Reign In Blood – a cover showing a heavy H. Bosch influence – did come in at #3.
New Products (Books, Prints, Other)
1) On Thursday, May 16th in NYC, the folks from Rizzoli Books celebrated the launch of a new book by publisher Marvin Scott Jarrett about his incomparable music/lifestyle magazine Ray Gun (featuring art direction/design work by iconoclast David Carson), a publication which brought stories and imagery of great beauty and interest to readers while it graced newsstands and libraries from its launch in 1992 until its final issue in 2000.
In its 256 pages, Ray Gun: The Bible of Music & Style assembles “the most outrageous pages from the magazine that helped to shape the ‘90s. This epic anthology features over 200 full-color exclusive photographs and articles on rock legends such as R.E.M., HenryRollins, Jane’s Addiction, The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., U2, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, NineInch Nails, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Bjork, Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Beastie Boys, Soundgarden, Beck and an exclusive interview with David Bowie.
At the launch show, which took place at the Liberty Hall at the Ace NYC (20 W. 29th St.), guests were treated with musical Performance by New Politics and DJ Alix Brown, with noted album cover designer Spencer Drate also making an appearance (he was once featured along with David Carson in an article in Ray Gun on album cover design..
More info on the book – https://www.rizzoliusa.com/book/9780847863150/
2) Few album covers have as ingrained into the minds of music fans over the past 20-25 years as the one found on 90s punk/rock mega-group blink-182’s Enema Of The State record album, the group’s third studio album released in June of 1999. The band knew that they wanted a shot of a sexy nurse preparing to examine the band-members and had enlisted photographer David Goldman (in his first album package assignment) to find the perfect model for the commission. After reviewing the contact sheets they were presented, they selected the one featuring Janine Lindemulder and the shoot proceeded, with Goldman suggesting that he photograph the model putting on a rubber glove (the band would be pictured somewhat unclothed on the back, waiting to get their shots from the same nurse).
It wasn’t until later that the team (including the band, the label and art director Tim Stedman and graphic designer Keith Tamashiro) learned that the model also had many fans in the pornographic movie business, thus turning the somewhat-suggestive photos used on the cover into both an outrage (as expressed by the more-sensitive people who monitor such things) and perhaps the coolest thing ever by kids all over the world who bought the album (and related merch) in great numbers (over 5 million copies in the U.S. alone).
Now, 20 years later, photographer Goldman just announced that he’s offering fine art prints of the contact sheets from this now-iconic photo session. According to a recent interview in Kerrang Magazine (https://www.kerrang.com/the-news/blink-182-photographer-shares-enema-of-the-state-outtakes/ ) and the Toronto-based photog’s own press release, “it’s been a great piece for my portfolio even so many years later. Many people tell me that they had the album and or a poster on the wall. Very cool!! I’m going to be releasing a limited number of prints showing the full roll of images that the album cover was taken from. As you can see below the bottom row middle image was selected. It says “11×14” on it, that represented the print size that was used.” Prices for the prints range from $250 to $650, with sizes ranging from 8” x 10” up to 20” x 24”. For more info, he’s asked you to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and to see more of his commercial work for clients including Atlantic Records, CBS News, Island Records, Maverick Records, Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine and many others, you should also visit his web site at https://davidgoldmanphoto.com/
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