To coincide with the release of ‘When You’re Strange’, the first feature documentary on The Doors, Idea Generation Gallery is taking a look at one of the most controversial rock bands in music history. Running from July 9th to September 5th, this exhibit documents the band’s rise to fame over the course of the '60s.
The exhibit will feature images captured by some of the band’s favourite photographers, including Joel Brodsky, Henry Diltz, Bobby Klein and Ken Regan.
Photographer Bobby Klein says of this picture: "We got to Venice in the morning and were walking the canals. This bridge is from the original Venice that was designed in the early 1900s. On the way there, in my car, the guys heard 'Break On Through (To The Other Side)' for the first time on the radio."
"I was positioning the guys by the trees when Jim disappeared behind one of the palms" photographer Bobby Klein remembers. "John and Ray were cracking up and I couldn't figure out why until I saw Jim and realized he'd gone behind the tree and returned with a hard-on for the picture. History in the making."
The documentary, ‘When You’re Strange’, includes original footage of the band, shot between 1966 and 1971. It was directed by Tom DiCillo and features narration from Johnny Depp.
This image was taken by Henry Diltz, who also shot the famous album cover for the band's 1970 album ‘Morrison Hotel’.
Joel Brodsky shot this image, as well as nearly 400 album covers for the likes of B.B. King, Carly Simon, Barry Manilow, Kiss, Iggy Pop and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Photographer Joel Brodsky shot the famous 'Young Lion' images of Jim Morrison. He said of that photo shoot: “I always thought it was sort of funny that the pictures of Morrison from that session were the most used. Jim was totally plastered…so drunk he was stumbling into the lights.”
This 1969 photograph was shot in Los Angeles by Henry Diltz. In 2001, Diltz co-founded the Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC, which specializes in rock’n’roll photography.
Henry Diltz was also a folk musician and was a member of the Modern Folk Quartet. He said of being a music photographer: “I was always taking pictures of fellow musicians…These were all people I had known really well from playing in clubs…Being a photographer means you can sneak under the circus tent, hang out back stage, and crouch in the corner.”
Another 1969 shot by Henry Diltz, here's the band on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Diltz also photographed Woodstock, The Monterey Pop Festival, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Jimi Hendrix.
The gallery is showing a selection of great Doors images, from the iconic classics to more intimate behind-the-scenes moments as well as more unusual images of the band like this shot.
Head to the Idea Generation Gallery between July 9th and September 5th to see this photograph by Henry Diltz, amongst many more, in the special Doors exhibit.
More exclusive images from this collection are available in glorious technicolour in this week's issue of the NME. Click here to buy it now.