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Photography of Henry Diltz

The Woody Guthrie Center announces the new exhibition, “Roots, Rock and Rebels: The Photography of Henry Diltz,” showcasing photos and other memorabilia spanning Diltz’s career as one of the go-to photographers in the 1960s, particularly among the Laurel Canyon music scene. His reputation for capturing the perfect frame has kept Diltz working with a variety of major artists for decades.

While on tour with his band, the Modern Folk Quartet in the early 60s, Diltz purchased a $20 second-hand Japanese camera and began taking photos of the music being made around him. Since that time, Diltz has captured thousands of images, including many that graced the covers of some of the most iconic record albums of the rock era. Henry’s easygoing nature and rapport have allowed him to create behind-the-scenes shots that reflect the respect and friendship the musicians in front of the camera have for the musician and artist behind the lens.

His photos of Laurel Canyon musicians are legendary, but Diltz’s work extends far beyond that era and location. Diltz photographed both the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, and has worked with major artists including the Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, the Doors, Kurt Cobain, Paul McCartney, the Who, and countless others.

Featuring about 100 images, the exhibit displays the scope of Henry Diltz’s artistry behind the lens. Some of the items include never-before-seen excerpts from Diltz’s notebooks, revealing personal notes on iconic photoshoots.

“It was a joy and privilege to work with Henry on this very special exhibit,” said Deana McCloud, the center’s director. “We are thrilled to be reopening our doors and showcasing these photos along with Henry’s stories about them with our guests.”

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