The Desert Trip Photography Experience

Featuring: Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, The Who and Neil Young

A one-of-a-kind, 36,000 square foot exhibit with over 200 classic and rarely seen images from rock's glorious heyday. Featuring the work of over a dozen of the biggest names in rock & roll photography, including:

Michael CooperHenry DiltzLynn Goldsmith, Bob BonisBob GruenElliott LandyGered MankowitzJim MarshallDavid MontgomeryTerry O’NeillDenis O'ReganEthan Russell, Barrie WentzellBaron Wolman and more...

  • 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday (both weekends)
  • One of the largest exhibits of its kind
  • Massive indoor tent
  • Central bar and lounge
  • Air-conditioned
  • Free to all ticket holders

The Desert Trip Photography Experience captures the nascent energy of the Sixties and Seventies rock milieu, with well over 200 photos featuring Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, The Who, and Neil Young. Shot by legendary photographers synonymous with the era, these images are as timeless as the music itself. These sometimes choreographed but often candid moments collectively tell the story of rock & roll’s rise to cultural prominence on both sides of the pond. Taken during an era fueled by the insatiable drive to innovate with this new art form and freely test the limits of creativity, these images (and their subjects) helped to define modern notions of youth, fame, style, sex appeal, confidence, and consciousness–and, of course, cool.

The photographers whose works are on display represent the pinnacle of rock photography from an era before musicians maintained carefully controlled public personas. These shooters, highly skilled with their cameras, were equally adept at embedding themselves with their subjects—attending the same parties, sampling the same intoxicants, sometimes sharing the same apartments. Through a 35mm lens, friendships formed, trust took root, stories were recorded or concealed, and an otherwise fleeting moment became immortalized. The stories of the images are as fascinating as the subjects themselves. The results sometimes stripped away the artifice of celebrity photography. In its place came a new standard in realism, where even the most posed pictures still reveled in the personalities of those being photographed and where even the most candid shots managed to maintain an enviable amount of attitude.

Occupying 35,000 sq ft. of space, with many images printed larger than they have ever been seen before, the exhibit captures six of the most iconic artists of all time in relaxed and unscripted moments—at home, off stage, in the studio, and on tour. Other shots capture the epitome of rock star heroes at their most heightened creative states—in the throes of artistic expression on stage or delving deep into their craft in the studio.

With contributions curated across a dozen renowned photographers’ image archives, plus selections from Getty Images, the Desert Trip Photography Experience offers one of the largest collections of vintage rock imagery ever assembled. It is a once-in-a-lifetime look at six of rock's biggest acts through the lenses of many of the music's most revered witnesses.

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