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Mick Rock, Sought-After Rock Photographer, Dies at 72

His images of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen and others helped define the 1970s. He was still shooting the stars decades later.

Mick Rock’s photographs of, from left, Queen (1974), Lou Reed (1975) and David Bowie (1973).
Mick Rock’s photographs of, from left, Queen (1974), Lou Reed (1975) and David Bowie (1973). Credit... Mick Rock


Neil Genzlinger

Nov. 20, 2021

Mick Rock, whose striking images of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, as well as more recent stars like Theophilus London and Snoop Dogg, made him one of rock and pop’s most acclaimed photographers, died on Thursday at a hospital in Staten Island. He was 72.

His family posted news of his death on his website. No cause was given.

Mr. Rock was often called “the man who shot the ’70s” because of his photographs that captured the rock stars of that flamboyant decade, both in his native England and in New York. He lived the rock lifestyle as he was photographing it, becoming part of the scene inhabited by Mr. Bowie, Mr. Reed and the rest.