Mick Rock is a British photographer. Based in New York since 1982, Rock is considered as one of the most successful music photographers, commonly referred to as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies.’ Allegedly, Rock’s introduction to photography started with him picking up a camera while on an acid trip at a house party in the 60s, leading him to discover his love of image-making. His first known photographic subject was Syd Barrett, and later subjects included David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Queen, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Blondie and Lou Reed, for whom he was the official photographer. Rock also designed legendary album covers including the Space Oddity album by David Bowie (1969), Lou Reed’s Transformer (1972) and Iggy Pop and The Stooges’ Raw Power (1972).
Rock received the Diesel U Music Legends award for his contribution to music in 2006. He has collaborated on numerous books with some of rock's biggest names; in 2015 he worked with Taschen Books on The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973, which would become their fastest selling book to date. In 2016 Rock explored his past and present, from London's glam rock to New York's snarling punk scene in a documentary called SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock.