Lynn Goldsmith Photography

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Lynn Goldsmith

Icons of Rock and the Imagination


Patti Smith and the Protesters, NYC, 1975

Lynn Goldsmith is an award winning portrait and fine art photographer. Her work has appeared on over 100 album covers as well as magazine covers like: Rolling Stone, Life, Newsweek, Time, People, Interview, Sports Illustrated, to name a few. Lynn Goldsmith's imagery is in numerous collections including The Smithsonian, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection, TheMuseum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography and more. Her work in the music industry began with making the first music promotion pieces for Electra records in 1970 and then moved on to being a director for ABC-TV's In Concert. She was the youngest member admitted to the Director's Guild of America. In addition to her visual work, she co-managed Grand Funk Railroad for 5 years. Her idea of "We're An American Band" and film that she made on the group moved them to chart with their first hit single. She also did the first 3D album cover with their record Shinin' on. In 1983 she released her own album under the aka Will Powers on Island Records. Lynn had a top ten hit with “Kissing With Confidence” on the British Charts. The one constant in her life has been making images and she has continued to do this, particularly with musicians as her subjects, for over 40 years.

Iggy Pop calls Goldsmith a true ''rock chick'' (that's a compliment), and she apparently charmed even wary legends like Bob Dylan into opening up. She also wrote songs with rockers and dated Bruce Springsteen in the '70s. But instinct is more important than access, and Goldsmith could find the frame of significance in the most banal setting. Goldsmith became a leading rock photographer at a time when women on the scene were largely dismissed as groupies. She befriended Iggy at the University of Michigan, and by her mid-20s she had shot everyone from the Velvet Underground to Led Zeppelin, and traveled to Zaire for the ''Rumble in the Jungle'' concert featuring James Brown. She had few female peers. Goldsmith worked with brainy punks like Talking Heads, but she was at her best lustily documenting the swagger and bombast of pop, whether it was Gene Simmons breathing fire or Van Halen taking a triumphant group bow. She compares rock stars to unconscious ''messengers, chosen by us to play out our passions.'' In her snapshot of Sting riding a motorcycle in 1981, you can see Goldsmith on the back of the bike through his rear view mirror, camera in hand, affirming that behind every great rock star are some mythmaking photographers.
From the New York Times Review of Rock Portraits by Lynn Goldsmith, reviewed by Sia Mitchell, published
December 2, 2007.

Bruce Springsteen Hubcaps Holmdel, New Jersey, 1978

Feet of The Beatles, Miami Beach, 1964


Blondie - Chris and Debbie Harry, NYC, 1978


Bono Peace Sign, Los Angeles CA, 1992


Bob Dylan, NYC, 1983


Cher, NYC, 1974


James Brown


Keith Richards, Houston, 1978


Bob Dylan - hand on head, NYC, 1975


Keith Richards, NYC, 1988


Little Richard, NYC, 1988


Tom Petty - Whiskey Bottle 1979


Led Zeppelin, NYC, 1975


Roger Daltrey, Connecticut, 1978

Spinal Tap 1984

Bob Marley Backstage - Milan 1980

Carly Simon and Steven Tyler NYC 1979

James Taylor - Water Hat 1985

Marianne Faithfull in the Shower

Sid Vicious - Guitar Sex Pistols

U2 Parade - NYC 1982

Velvet Underground 1966

Beastie Boys, NYC, 1986


Frank Zappa Family Los Angeles CA, 1988


Tea Cup Dreams


Self Portraits: In The Looking Glass

Questions of identity are explored through self-portrayals. I act out various roles, by injecting myself into different settings which originate with window dressings. After making photographs of the windows, I remove elements and create a fictional narrative which dictates not only the creation of new images that are added to the scene, but often times, other characters. After doing hair on makeup on myself, I enter the vacant world of the mannequin. By creating different looks, adopting multiple roles, I mean to fracture the solitary sense of self, to propose identity as multiple projections of the invented self. Exploiting what is theatricality inherent in photographic media, I adopt persona from mass media, myths, and cinema to focus on the question: what is real and what is imagined? - Lynn Goldsmith



50 is the New 30


Dancing Marionettes


Six Feet Under


Crystal Tears



Lynn Goldsmith's work has appeared on the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, and Elle, among others. She has published ten photographic books and been on the New York Times Best Seller List. Goldsmith was also the youngest woman admitted to the DGA for directing the first network television concert series: ABC IN Concert. Lynn has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the US and abroad. Her latest highly acclaimed book ROCK AND ROLL was launched with a major retrospective at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Goldsmith is the recipient of the Lucien Clergue and The World Press Award among others. Her photographs are included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection and The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography. Two of her videos are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition to being an accomplished photographer, Goldsmith topped the charts in the UK as an 'optic-music' artist under her aka Will Powers.


Mick Jagger

Springsteen and E Street Band 1972 - 1980: "Bruce Head"


KISS 1977 - 1980: "KISS Panoramic"


Bruce Springsteen


KISS 1977 - 1980: "Gene Simmons Head"


Rolling Stone 1972 - 1998: "Keith Richards Panoramic"




The Police 1976 - 1984: "Sting Head"


Van Halen 1978 - 1980: "Eddie Head"


Patti Smith Group 1975 - 1979: "Patti Smith Head"


Zappa 1978 - 1989: "Frank Head"




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