PHOTOGRAPHY OF ROBERT ALTMAN | PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE

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After attending Hunter College in NYC, Robert Altman apprenticed under none other than Ansel Adams. He then went on to serve as Chief Staff Photographer for Rolling Stone magazine from 1969-1971. Many of Altman’s images became iconic for the brilliant and passionate way he captured those that shaped music history in particular, and the ’60s & ’70s culture at large.

The Sixties: Photographs by Robert Altman is a must own. Oh, and he’s not to be confused with Robert Altman the film director – both epic in their own right.

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Holy Man Jam festival, Boulder, Colorado, August 1970 — Image by © Robert Altman. “I love this photograph. You’ve got the perfection of a very pretty young lady, hands raised, holding a maraca. Right between her is this jubilant face… Another second or two, and her expression may have changed, an arm might have moved in front of an eye, and it’s a whole different photograph. Sometimes photography is alchemy, pure magic. Sometimes it just all comes together.” –Robert Altman

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January, 1970 — Author Ken Kesey at home in Springfield, OR — Image by © Robert Altman. Kesey, author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and a master mind of The Sixties was an original and much loved figure, and the focus of Tom Wolfe’s best seller “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” Sadly Rolling Stone ran this photo as a double page spread when Ken passed the acid test and also passed onto the next great adventure. via

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The Gold Rush Festival, October 4, 1969 – Tina Turner, “The Fan” — Image by © Robert Altman

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The Gold Rush Festival, October 4, 1969 – Tina Turner, “Cover” — Image by © Robert Altman

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December, 1969 — The Rolling Stones at Altamont — Image by © Robert Altman

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(Lt.) Hollywood, California, 1972 — Keith Richards, Rolling Stone cover — Image by © Robert Altman

(Rt.) Los Angeles, October 1969 — Keith Richards, “Let it Bleed” session — Image by © Robert Altman

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Mick Jagger & Keith Richards in the Elektra Studio with Producer Jimmy Miller –”Let It Bleed” session, October 1969 — Image by © Robert Altman

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Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones “Let It Bleed” sessions, Hollywood, 1969 — Image by © Robert Altman via

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Altamont Speedway, December 6, 1969 — the legendary Gram Parsons — Image by © Robert Altman

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Crosby Stills & Nash, Big Sur, CA 1969 — Image by © Robert Altman. An idyllic California dreamin’ weekend when love was in the air– David Crosby with Christine Hinton, Stephen Stills with Judy Collins (Suite Judy Blue Eyes), and Graham Nash with Joni Mitchell. This photo played an integral part of Neil Young’s film poster– “CSNY / Deja Vu” which closed the 2007 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. via

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Neil Young with Crazy Horse, CA March, 1970 — Image by © Robert Altman via

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The Grateful Dead, San Francisco, CA 1970 — Image by © Robert Altman via

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San Francisco, June 1969 – The Jefferson Airplane at the Family Dog  — Image by © Robert Altman

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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, May 7, 1969 — Grace Slick of The Jefferson Airplane — Image by © Robert Altman

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San Francisco, CA, July 19, 1969 – Pete Townshend of The Who at The Fillmore West, “Tommy” The West Coast Rock Opera Premiere — Image by © Robert Altman via

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The Jack Tar Hotel, San Francisco, CA, June 1972 — Dennis Hopper and wife Daria Halpirn — Image by © Robert Altman. Dennis Hopper was uneasy about his then latest film following “Easy Rider”– “The Last Movie.” Hopper was forlorn and thought his film director’s career was over after disastrous reviews appeared, and for him it could  ironically be– the last movie. via

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6 thoughts on “PHOTOGRAPHY OF ROBERT ALTMAN | PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE

  1. Love the shot of the Stones from the crowd. Just a great perspective shot. The first thing that comes to my mind when I see it is, “was this before or after the murder?” Sick? Yes. But honest.

  2. I love, love, love the WINTER WHITES/JOHNNY & EDGAR. There is something so peaceful there

  3. wonderful, I like the phillip MARlo movie explanation he gave I tried NeVer 2 have a stationary camera. he moved the dolly and the camera so slowly u hard noticed it moving , HE did move it out the windows & pointed down 2 the front door. after seeing this I realize like kubrick he’s a geek after my own heart. it’s so fun 2 render, & now a dyas render is 4ever, had 2 explain that the internet neVer 4gets. all these hackers 4 sending out information like radio waves into outer space. what me worry ,alfred e neuman the plato of our TIMES, give me liberty or give ME a cheEseBURGER, by kirk maillet et al

  4. Just noticed that young Dennis Hopper looks a lot like Owen Wilson from “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Or vice versa.

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