Bob Gruen is a photographer based in New York and is known for photographing some of music's biggest stars.
As chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the 70s, Gruen specialised in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with the emerging punk and new wave bands including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie. Gruen also worked with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss and Alice Cooper.
Gruen's Sid Vicious with Hot Dog photo was acquired by The National Portrait Gallery, London, in 1999 for their permanent collection. The Experience Music Project, Seattle, acquired his Clash Live in Boston, Tina Turner Multiple Image, and Bloody Sid Vicious photos for their permanent collection in March 2012.
In 2011, award winning director Don Letts made a feature length film titled Rock & Roll Exposed – the Photography of Bob Gruen including interviews with Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Alice Cooper, Yoko Ono, Billie Joe Armstrong and many more.
Gruen was presented in June 2004 with MOJO Magazine’s prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image in London and in November 2010 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. For his many charitable contributions, Bob received the first ever John Lennon Real Love Award in December 2014 at the 32nd Annual John Lennon Tribute Concert.