Legendary Photographer Henry Diltz Unveils ‘Unpainted Faces’ in L.A.

Unpainted Faces by Henry Diltz

Legendary Photographer Henry Diltz Unveils ‘Unpainted Faces’ in L.A.

  • Painstakingly reproduced from the original B&W negatives
  • A new in-depth interview with Henry Diltz
  • Fully updated index of all photographs with Henry’s commentary
  • Deluxe Hard-Bound Edition printed and bound in the highest standards in the U.S.A. by American artisans

Los Angeles, Dec. 21, 2011 — Barnes & Noble at The Grove (189 The Grove Drive, Fairfax and 3rd, just east of Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles 90036) welcomed renowned music photographer Henry Diltz on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Diltz presented a slide show featuring iconic images from his just-published book, Unpainted Faces (Morrison Hotel Publishing), a collection of more than 150 of his classic black & white photographs. A Q&A session and book signing followed.

Diltz is one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most celebrated photographers. His work has graced more than 300 album covers since the mid-‘60s, and appeared in books, magazines and newspapers worldwide.

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At the “Unpainted Faces” slide show and book signing, Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles, Dec. 10, 2011, renowned photographer Henry Diltz recounts the story behind shooting the “Morrison Hotel” album cover for The Doors. Photo: (C) Stephen K. Peeples.

His singular artistic style has produced powerful photographic essays of Woodstock, the Monterey International Pop Festival, The Doors, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Eagles, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, America, and many others.

Diltz’s Unpainted Faces features rare and well-known images of those and dozens more artists and events.

A founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet (whose 1965 single “This Could Be the Night” was produced by Phil Spector), Diltz is as much at home as a musician on tour as he is a visual historian of the last four decades of popular music.

For Henry, taking pictures began with a $20 second-hand “Pony” camera (not a Kodak, but a cheap knock-off) purchased on tour with MFQ, just as a goof to kill time on the road. A lack of formal photographic training didn’t get in his way; Diltz learned quickly. When MFQ disbanded in 1966, he went from amateur to pro when his shots were used for a Lovin’ Spoonful album cover. His camera has been his chief instrument ever since.

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At the “Unpainted Faces” slide show and book signing, Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles, Dec. 10, 2011, Nadine Martini-Peeples and Ruth Peeples get their copies inscribed by renowned photographer Henry Diltz. Photo: (C) Stephen K. Peeples.

The rapport Henry has with his musician friends, along with his down-to-earth-grin and contagious laugh, has always enabled him to capture candid shots that convey that rare feeling of trust and intimacy he has with his subjects.

A founding partner in the Morrison Hotel Gallery, which exclusively publishes and represents his work, Diltz continues his distinguished photographic career today, generating new and vibrant images that inspire the rock ‘n’ roll fan in each of us.

Unpainted Faces was available for purchase at the Dec. 10 Barnes & Noble book signing and is also available directly from www.morrisonhotelgallery.com.

About Morrison Hotel Publishing
Morrison Hotel Publishing is a division of the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York City. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in October 2011, the Gallery was founded in 2001 by Henry Diltz, former record company executive Peter Blachley, and former independent record store owner Rich Horowitz. The Gallery has since grown to become a major brand in fine art music photography, earning the respect of peers, artists and music fans and collectors alike.

Morrison Hotel Gallery recently launched a special book publishing partnership with Rare Cool Stuff Unltd., the pop culture archival company co-founded by Geoff Gans. A five-time Grammy Award-nominated art director/designer and producer, Gans has designed a series of portfolio books for Morrison Hotel Publishing in conjunction with photography exhibitions held at the Gallery. These limited-edition books are hand-signed by each photographer and are available exclusively to buyers and subscribers through the Morrison Hotel Gallery mailing list and their retail galleries.

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At the “Unpainted Faces” slide show and book signing, Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles, Dec. 10, 2011, are (front row): Gary Gonzales, Rare Cool Stuff Unltd.; Rich Horowitz and Henry Diltz, Morrison Hotel Gallery. Behind them: Rachel Gutek and Stephen K. Peeples, Rare Cool Stuff; Gary Strobl, Diltz’s archivist; and Geoff Gans, Rare Cool Stuff. Photo: Ruth Peeples. (C) Stephen K. Peeples.

About Rare Cool Stuff Unltd.
Rare Cool Stuff Unltd. specializes in consulting, creating and producing top-quality books and packages of rare, cool art, music, photography, video and more. Based in Los Angeles, Rare Cool Stuff has a “Made in the U.S.A.” policy, employing American artisans and craftspeople and using domestic materials.

Rare Cool Stuff was co-founded in 2009 by Geoff Gans, multiple Grammy nominee and designer of high-end boxed sets, album and book packages for image-conscious clients such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Sony Music and Concord Music Group, among others. Gans, who has also designed nearly all of Dylan’s album and book packaging, archival reissues and tour graphics since 1995, is a Grammy-nominated producer as well (“The Monterey International Pop Festival” boxed set, 1992).

Joining Gans in Rare Cool Stuff are Gary Gonzales, “Print Guru” and green materials and sustainable packaging specialist whose clients include Bob Dylan, Neil Young and My Morning Jacket; Stephen K. Peeples, Grammy-nominated producer (“The Monterey International Pop Festival” boxed set) and veteran music writer/journalist who wrote the Unpainted Faces foreword and Henry Diltz author bio; and Scott Bowman, digital media printing expert, tech guru and Webmaster.

For more info about Rare Cool Stuff and its “Made in the U.S.A.” policy, and to join the RCS mailing list, email info@rarecoolstuff.com or visit www.rarecoolstuff.com.

Article: Legendary Photographer Henry Diltz Unveils ‘Unpainted Faces’ in L.A.
Author: Stephen K. Peeples
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