To Be Published on April 2, 2024
by the Penn State University Press
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A word or two from Mike concerning his work...
The historic photographs below have been scanned directly from the original 35 mm transparencies. No computer enhancement was employed. The multiple images you see were all shot "live in the camera" in real time. The photographs were all done before "Photoshop" was even a gleam in anyone's eyes. The finished slides were composed and exposed with up to 10 images on one frame of film while the action never stopped. I wanted to express a very different effect in most of my photographs, actually viewing the scene from many angles and points of view. Though there are some representational works here I am most proud of my multiple image photographs which are very unique. Though photographing at many venues, I used the Fillmore East in New York City as my "home base" and the lighting there was exactly what I was looking for to make my "visual experiments" successful. I wanted to show what the rock 'n' roll experience was really like visually. I felt that my work captured the force and dynamics of the music most closely with the multiple images which represent the many ways of "seeing" the music as it happened. Pictured below are some very historic times in Rock history including, the first ever appearance of Led Zeppelin in New York City and the WHO's first New York performance of "Tommy ", along with photographs from the stage at WOODSTOCK. I continued photographing the stars through the '60's into the early '70's, stopping only when the whole scene became "too corporate". The first time I was asked to get press credentials, I knew it was time to flee the scene!