The C. Parker Gallery will welcome James Fortune for a photographic journey through the rock music scene of the late 60s and 70s
Chances are if you were a music fan in the 70s, you had one of James Fortunes’ photographs on a poster on your wall. His large posters featuring collages of his photographs have sold over 700,000 copies in just 5 years. His work includes artists such as Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings, Jethro Tull, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, The Who & The Rolling Stones.
Already a nationally published college photographer, Fortune approached record companies to see if he could gain access to their artists for inclusion in the journal at Pierce College in Los Angeles. To his surprise, Elektra Records immediately invited him to a local recording studio to photograph the Doors who were putting together their “Strange Days” album.
After college, Fortune joined the US Navy as a combat photographer with the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group and spent 6 months in Vietnam. After his time in the armed forces, Fortune was named an official photographer of the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers). This gave him unprecedented access to the best recording artists of the day both in concert and in candid moments from 1974 through the end of the decade.
Many of his shots are iconic like Robert Plant with a dove in one hand, a bottle of liquor and a cigarette in the other. Her photos have been featured on numerous albums including Led Zeppelin’s “How The West Was Won” and “Mothership”, Iggy Pop’s “California Bleeding” and Ray Manzarek’s “The Whole Thing Started with Rock & Roll” as well as books. such as ‘Hammer of the Gods, The Led Zeppelin Saga ‘The Doors’ written by the Ben Fong-Torres and Doors;’ guitarist Robby Krieger’s new autobiography and more Many of his photos are also in the permanent collection of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and his photo of Led Zeppelin graced the cover of the Smithsonian Institutes coffee table book “Rock & Roll: Live and Unseen.”
James Fortune will appear at the gallery on opening weekend (Thursday May 19 from 5-8 p.m., Friday May 20 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday May 21 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.) and will present a specially curated collection of his photographs until Sunday, May 29.
This event is part of an ongoing series by C. Parker Gallery that focuses on the intimate connection between music and the worlds of art, as well as family events that connect individuals of all ages to art. . The exhibition is free and all works are available for purchase.
The C. Parker Gallery is delighted to offer this limited commitment exhibition and purchase opportunity to music and art lovers and their families. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.cparkergallery.com
The C. Parker Gallery is located at 409 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT.