Be it his masterminding of the hazy deformity behind Lou Reed’s Transformer cover, or his role as Ziggy Stardust’s personal photographer, Mick Rock is firmly entangled within the mythology of the movement with which he shares a name; if it was someone worth knowing, chances are Mick probably snapped them.
And he always got it.
Here are Mick’s tips:
Mick Rock: It was really by accident that I first picked up the camera. I was on an acid trip in a friends room at Cambridge. If it hadnt been for LSD and that particular trip and a particular young lady I wouldnt ever have started dabbling with taking photos. Anyway, when I found out afterwards that there had been no film in the camera… well, that really got me thinking. I thought I may as well have another go. So I just started taking pictures, more for the fun of it. Then people started giving me little bits of money. It made the whole thing very organic. See, I wasnt really interested in why things happened photographically I was just interested in the images.
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