Morrison Hotel Gallery: Famous Photos of Musicians

Morrison Hotel Gallery

Morrison Hotel Gallery fuses images with music. Visitors at one of galleries get intimate glimpses into the lives of some of pop culture’s biggest names, spanning rock, blues, and jazz from the 1940s through today. Photographs from 90 of the world’s finest music photographers are represented.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is a partnership between former record company marketing executive Peter Blachley; music retailer Richard Horowitz; and iconic music photographer and musician Henry Diltz. It takes its name from an iconic photo of Jim Morrison and The Doors shot by Diltz at a seedy L.A. hotel, which became their Morrison Hotel album cover.

Other famous Diltz shots include the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album cover with the trio seated on a sofa in front of a dilapidated house. It was shot before the trio had chosen a name. A few days later, when they had decided on Crosby, Stills & Nash, they went back to reshoot the photo so they would be in the correct order, but the house was torn down. For years, fans confused David Crosby and Graham Nash because of that photo.

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And many people do not realize that Graham Nash has long pursued a parallel career in photography. He is represented at the gallery. The gallery also displays photos by Pattie Boyd, who was already a photographer before she married George Harrison or Eric Clapton. She has taken many intimate, behind-the-scenes photos, including photos of The Beatles.

In New York City, there’s the Soho Gallery on Prince Street, and another location just opened at the Dream Downtown Hotel in the Meatpacking District. On Long Island, at the Americana Manhasset photographs are displayed at the Mens Market in Hirshleifers.

On the West Coast, the Los Angeles Gallery is located at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in Hollywood, California. It is co-owned by celebrity photographer Timothy White.

If you don’t live near one of the galleries you can visit their user-friendly website, which has a catalog of more than 100,000 images searchable by subject/musician or photographer. Photos purchased from the gallery are produced from the original negatives and hand-signed by the photographers, and in many cases they are limited edition, numbered prints.

Browse photos by subject or photographer at Morrison Hotel Gallery.

Cherie Yurco is a former editor at Making Music and has worked as a freelance editor and writer for over 20 years. She’s written about topics from travel to business, in Asia, Europe, and the US. When she settled near Syracuse, she rediscovered her passion for photography. She especially likes photographing musicians caught lost in their music. Cherie also enjoys exploring, photographing, and writing about music-related destinations around the country. Visit her blog at http://musicalcities.com.

1 comments

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