Morrison Hotel Photography

morrison hotel photography
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  • Morrison Hotel (sometimes referred to as Hard Rock Cafe from the title of the first side of the LP, whose second side is titled Morrison Hotel) is The Doors' fifth album. It was released in 1970.
  • The Morrison Hotel was a high rise hotel in downtown the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It was designed by the architectural firm of Marshall and Fox, and completed in 1925.
  • the process of producing images of objects on photosensitive surfaces
  • The art or practice of taking and processing photographs
  • the act of taking and printing photographs
  • (photograph) a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

Barry Mann & Henry Diltz at the Morrison Gallery
Barry Mann & Henry Diltz at the Morrison Gallery
These are two great men, both of
whom have had a profound impact on
American popular music. On the right is
one of my oldest pals, the legendary Mr. Henry Diltz,
here at the opening of the Morrison Hotel gallery,
a new gallery - just like his one in Soho in
New York - that features big framed prints of
his famous rock photographs, and the famous
photos of famous others.

Henry has been threatening to open his
own gallery in Hollywood for years - and I have
been impatiently waiting for one. Prior to this, we
had to go to Henry's home - just down the
street from mine - or to his photo lab,
Richard Photo Lab, in Hollywood - to see
big prints of his work. Now Henry has
a home in Hollywood, right on
Sunset Boulevard - at 7517 Sunset -
for those of you there, which is here,
or going there/here. It's just about a block
west from the Guitar Center in what we
know as Guitar Row, since there are so many
guitar shops in this area.

The opening, which was last night, was
a fun affair that extended for many hours -
the gallery was festooned with great prints
of Henry's - such as an outtake from his
now iconic album cover from the first CSN album,
the b&w portrait of James Taylor he took
for the cover of "Sweet Baby James,"
the famous photo of the Doors that
was taken on Wilcox in Hollywood for the
"Morrison Hotel" album - which gave this
gallery its name -
as well
as photos of Mama Cass, Kurt Cobain,
The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and many others.

Many luminaries flew in and out of the
always packed party - including Nurit Wilde -
another Henry friend and flickr friend -
the beamish boy himself, Jonah Sparks,
Mark Salerno, Rik Lawrence, The Duke,
Lee Newman, Stanley Moss, and many
rock stars I know were rock stars but I am
not sure of their names. (One guy got
very cagey when I insisted on taking his
photo - so he must have been someone.)

Jonah and I were hanging out on the sidewalk
in front, getting some air, as Barry Mann &
Cynthia Weil arrived. I have known them for
many years - Barry remembered me, Cynthia
didn't. "You're out of context," she said, though,
in fact, I was in context.

Mann & Weil are a married couple, and the
songwriters of many classic songs, from
"You Lost That Loving Feeling" and
"On Broadway" through to "Somewhere Out There"
and that old rock chestnut "Kicks," which was
a hit for Paul Revere & The Raiders, and
contains the first guitar riff I ever learned. Barry, who
had somewhat of a solo career, and is a fine
singer and pianist, is the composer; Cynthia
is the lyricist.

Here's Barry & Henry together, smiling,
bespectacled, caught in the midst of
a celebration on Sunset
at the new Hollywood
Morrison Hotel.
Morrison Fine Art Music Photography
Morrison Fine Art Music Photography
The Morrison Hotel Gallery is about people. Founded in 2001 by former record company executive and producer Peter Blachley, former independent record store owner Rich Horowitz and music photographer Henry Diltz, The Morrison Hotel Gallery has grown to become the major brand in fine art music photography. As you view some of the most inspiring and iconic images of music and musicians photographed over the last fifty-plus years, think about the people who existed on both sides of the lens. They most likely had no idea what they were creating or how timeless the image would become. Music photography elicits an emotional reaction that is unique to all of us. It is no more than one-second of life at the time it takes to click the shutter. But what is forever frozen is timeless, and that's what draws us to the photographs. We as people can't live forever, but it seems as though the images do.

morrison hotel photography
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