Fototeca De Cuba y Viviendas

Since the mid-1950s, rock and roll music has had a revolutionary impact on contemporary culture throughout the world. This exhibition features a selection of exceptional photographs documenting musical artists who have had a transformative influence on twentieth century culture.

Beginning with Dick Waterman's photographs of seminal blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt and Son House to Danny Clinch's iconic portrait of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur, these photographs reflect the extraordinary impact musical artists have had on popular culture. Throughout many of the most significant moments of the post-World War II era (such as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War) the musical artists featured in this exhibition have given a voice to generations worldwide.

Elvis Presley, Little Richard, James Brown, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, The Clash, Public Enemy, and U2, among many others, transformed contemporary society with their innovative, occasionally controversial lyrics, compositions, and styles. By addressing political issues and questioning social mores, they have influenced profoundly the cultural perspectives of their times.

Bob Marley, Kaya 1978
© Kate Simon
John Lennon, 1974
© Bob Gruen
Jimi Hendrix, London, 1967
© Gered Mankowitz

This exhibition has been organized in association with Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC. Special thanks to Fototeca de Cuba for hosting this ground-breaking exhibition.

For more information or interviews please contact: Govinda Gallery
Contact: popart@govindagallery.com