Michael Cooper on the set for Their Satanic Majesties Request, 1967

Michael Cooper


An intimate of The Rolling Stones during the band’s earliest years, Michael Cooper chronicled the group’s rise from the blues clubs of London to international stardom. Referred to as the band’s “court photographer” from 1963 until his untimely death in 1973, Cooper at one point lived with Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg, cultivating the sort of comradeship that allowed him to capture some of the most unguarded and honest images taken of the Stones during their first decade.

Widely acknowledged to be the inspiration for Michelangelo Antonioni’s seminal Sixties film, Blow-Up, Cooper was also behind the lens at two of the decade’s most iconic album cover shoots, Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Their Satanic Majesties Request, both of which remain quintessential images of the era’s psychedelic sensibility.