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Julian Lennon, Nancy Wilson Celebrate ‘The Art of Women’ Exhibit at Diltz’ Morrison Hotel Gallery

New Paths for Beloved Artists Theme of the Night

By DONNA BALANCIA

Julian Lennon and Nancy Wilson were on hand to celebrate The Art of Women, a photo exhibit at Morrison Hotel Gallery Thursday night.

Super selfies: Julian Lennon and Timothy White - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Super selfies: Julian Lennon and Timothy White – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Women on Display

The event was co-hosted by Nancy and gallery co-owner Timothy White at the Sunset Marquis-based showroom. Nancy is depicted in some of the remarkable portrait photography on display.

Both Nancy and Julian are busy, going in new directions. Julian has just released a children’s book and Nancy has been working a new band called the Roadcase Royales. But both took the time to stop and pay honor to the women of music and film as photographs of everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Stevie Nicks are hanging at the West Hollywood gallery.

Henry Diltz, Timothy White, Geoff Bywater and Nancy Wilson have a heart to heart – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Nancy Wilson on Tour?

Nancy was accompanied by her husband Geoff Bywater, who said the two have been enjoying a life that is incredibly busy, with blended families, family pets and entertainment projects. There may even be a tour in the works for 2018, we’re told.

Gallery owners Henry Diltz and Timothy were socializing with a good turnout of friends, benefactors and journalists during an evening of amazing photography and stories.

Art lovers from all over Hollywood attended the opening - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Art lovers from all over Hollywood attended the opening – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Julian on The ‘Why’ Years

As for Julian, his latest project is his children’s book which he says he created because he wants to reach families and open a dialogue about our world today.

“It’s been beautifully illustrated and has an educational message,” Julian said. “It’s aimed at 3- to 6-year olds, which many say are the ‘Why?’ years, ‘Why is the sky blue,’  ‘Why is the ocean dirty,’ so it’s about striking up a conversation with the kids today and the parents so they consider everything they’re dealing with in the future. And to imprint what the state of the world is right now, let’s hope it’s not too late as it is,” he said.

Julian said the book was a natural progression of his outreach and compliments his work in other media and the work of his foundation.

Julian Lennon wants families to have conversation - Photo ˙© 2017 Donna Balancia

Julian Lennon wants families to have conversation – Photo ˙© 2017 Donna Balancia

“I think after writing songs and having done documentaries and having started a foundation the only thing missing was reaching the children,” he said. “It was actually the co-writer Bart Davis who said ‘What do you consider then,’ and it seemed like the most natural thing to do.

Julian’s foundation is going strong.

“We deal with a lot of issues,” Julian said. “We have a couple of main causes like clean drinking water, it’s health and education and the protection of indigenous cultures and their land. Those are key elements. Occasionally we do other projects with other organizations like Music For Relief, so we work with a lot of different organizations. When they need help we help them and visa versa It’s all about teamwork in that field no question.”

Nancy Wilson shows off a cherished photo of herself in Heart - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Nancy Wilson shows off a cherished photo of herself in Heart – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Morrison Hotel Gallery continues to bring a cool crowd to the Sunset Marquis for its events. Over the last few years the gallery has hosted the works of everyone from Diltz and other fine rock photographers to Jamie Hince of The Kills, Patty Boyd and many others.

Morrison Hotel Gallery has locations in New York, Miami and on Maui.

Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents ‘Parental Advisory: Explicit Images,’ Photos of Hip Hop’s Greats

Morrison Hotel Gallery And The Sunset Marquis Hotel Presented Parental Advisory: Explicit Images: A Hip-Hop Photography Event and Exhibit.  Many of the photographs of MHG partner Timothy White were on display.

Timothy White - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Timothy White – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Morrison Hotel Gallery came together with the Sunset Marquis Hotel and PledgeMusic for the unique event, which combines all cultural aspects at the renowned Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood.

Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The exhibit featured iconic images of Jay Z, Run DMC N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, Tupac, NAS and more, by photographers Timothy White, Clay Patrick McBride, Danny Clinch, Jake Chessum, Janette Beckman, Lawrence Watson, Lisa Leone, Lynn Goldsmith, Mike Miller and Travis Shinn.

Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Out by the pool there was a 30-foot screen showing iconic and some never before seen hip-hop footage from films. Morrison Hotel Gallery recently formed a partnership with PledgeMusic.

Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Music Photographer Henry Diltz Has Hundreds of Album Covers And Now He has a Lucie Award

Henry Diltz

Henry Diltz

By DONNA BALANCIA – Photographer Henry Diltz will be honored next week with a prestigious Lucie Award for his work in Rock Photography.

Diltz said he never expected to be honored for his career.  After all, photography is something he just loves to do and that is reward enough.

“Being a photographer is a solo thing, the actual act of doing it, that is,” the 77-year-old Diltz said. “It’s not like being a opera singer or circus star or a rock star. You don’t get the applause. It’s something you do alone over the years.”

But as the photographer who has shot some of the most famous record albums of our era, the award is well-deserved. The Lucie Awards are given each year to exemplary photographers who make a mark in their respective fields.

“I’m aware that people have read my name,” Diltz said. “In the 1970s I noticed I did a few album covers and sold more than a million records, a million people read my name. Yes your name does get out there.”

Jackson Browne - Photo © Henry Diltz

Jackson Browne – Photo © Henry Diltz

Among some of his famous subjects are Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and many others. These days, Diltz continues to shoot but he has started to take stock in his images — and those of other photographers — as he is a curator and co-owner of Morrison Hotel Gallery located in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.

“Around the turn of the century, Peter Blachley my partner at Morrison Hotel Gallery said, ‘You must have quite an archive.’  And I thought, ‘Archive – that sounds too professional. I don’t like the sound of that.’  But I do have a lot of cardboard boxes. People would ask, ‘Are you a professional photographer?’  I thought, no, I do it because I love it.  But then, I thought, I have supported myself for more than 50 years, put kids through school on the money I’ve made, so I suppose I am a professional.”

Diltz said his career as a documentary photographer started during the down time musicians experience between gigs.  He was playing in the band, Modern Folk Quartet in the 1960s when he picked up a camera and it stuck.

01 Jun 1973, Probably California, USA --- Neil Young Playing Guitar --- Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS

01 Jun 1973, Probably California, USA — Neil Young Playing Guitar — Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS

“In the ’60s and ’70s a lot of your life was hanging out,” Diltz said. “As a musician you’re hanging out. And musicians know how to hang out. You’re not doing anything productive, just passing time enjoying life. So as we were hanging out, I was taking their pictures incidentally.  In doing that to all of my friends, it taught me to be a documentary  photographer. I was only doing it because it was fun.

“I picked up the camera in March of 1966.  During all that time, I was exploring life. I did something else equally good, and that was to write down things I’ve heard. I have stacks and stacks of notes, I don’t write the whole conversation, I’d just be like ‘Wow, that is so great what you just said.'”

Diltz was the official photographer for Woodstock, the Monterey and Miami Music Festivals and was the photographer to document the burgeoning music scene in Laurel Canyon in the 1960s. He left Laurel Canyon when he got married, had kids and moved to the valley.

As for how he manages his inventory of life, he has tried to stay current with the most modern technology.

Henry Diltz

The photographs of Henry Diltz have graced millions of album covers – The Doors

“I always used color slides, for those there were no negatives. Say you work for a record company they want all those. With digital you can keep some also. I have a ’32-trillabyte’ external hard drive.”

His conversation is just as creative as his photography process, which legend has it is a fluid experience as simple as pulling the car over on the side of the road when inspiration strikes.

With the well-known Crosby Stills and Nash couch shoot, the group and Diltz were driving around waiting for inspiration to hit, when they found the white frame house with a couch in the front.  They set up shop and took some photos.  They realized the musicians were not in the right order and went back shortly after the shoot to simply re-arrange the guys on the couch.  The house was razed and the couch was gone.

Henry Diltz

Re-shoots on the CSN album were not to be: When the group returned, the house — and couch — were gone – Album cover by Henry Diltz

Life is not as glamorous as it appears for music photographers today as they deal with more and more issues of control, Diltz said.

“Unfortunately, unscrupulous people could make a poster out of the image and the group has no control,” Diltz said.  “As for limiting photographers to shooting the first three songs of a set, I’m not so sure why they have to do that. Maybe they want to look good or they don’t want the photographer to make a poster and make money.  That’s why they started saying ‘sign this contract.’

“But as a photographer I hate that,” Diltz said. “And I did go along and have those concerns for the first 30 or 40 years of my career. Now as a gallery owner I understand the pictures we sell are not usually taken on stage. It’s the backstage pictures that are interesting, a publisher said to me, ‘I want to see Neil Young in socks and underwear.'”

The art of the rock photograph is to capture “the seeing and the hearing,” Diltz said. “Music is the soundtrack to our life. We all have songs to bring us back to memories. As soon as you hear a song you remember. We also have eyes to see, if we’re not there at the concert another way to see the show is in magazines.

The Monkees - Photo © Henry Diltz

The Monkees – Photo © Henry Diltz

“Photography is an adjunct to hearing the music, if you can’t go to a show, you can appreciate through the photos,” Diltz said.

As for those starting out, Diltz said, “Just photograph everything you can.  Take pictures of your family, take pictures of the cat, take pictures of your friends who play in bands. I photographed my friends in bands so that on the weekend we could have a slide show.  I took photos because I wanted to entertain my friends with a slide show on the weekend.”

Morrison Hotel Gallery To Represent at The 2015 Photo Contemporary

MHG: A Relaxed Respite for Snappers and Songsters

By DONNA BALANCIA, WEST HOLLYWOOD — The Morrison Hotel Gallery — one of Los Angeles’ most respected photo galleries — has become the place to see iconic photos by rock’s most talented artists.

From May 1-3, the Morrison Hotel Gallery will participate in the 2015 Photo Contemporary Art Fair, at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

Morrison Hotel Gallery - Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz

Jamie Hince’ photo gallery show celebrated by pals Alison Mosshart, Peter Blachley and Henry Diltz – Photo © Donna Balancia

Former recording executive Peter Blachley and his team have taken a passion for music and turned it into a visual tribute to some of Rock and Roll’s greatest musicians and photographers.

The music afficionado should be happy for Blachley’s passion.

Morrison Hotel Gallery, which has locations in New York and Los Angeles, hosts a range of exhibits and openings, and works by the most well-known names in music grace its walls.

Founded by music executives Blachley and Richard Horowitz, and esteemed photographer Henry Diltz, Morrison Hotel Gallery has succeeded in part because of relationships.  And if the warm-hearted founders continually add new friends the their illustrious list of famous pals.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery has hosted events featuring rare photos from musicians and photographers including Stevie Nicks, Danny Clinch, Lynn Goldsmith and other noted artists.

One recent event featured Jamie Hince of The Kills, whose exhibit, Echo Home, reflects his well-traveled life as founder of the beloved and creative musical group.

Morrison Hotel Gallery Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz

Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz at Morrison Hotel Gallery – Photo © 2014 Donna Balancia

Blachley’s relationships and his partnerships — in particular, his friendships with photographers like partner Diltz — have been key to success.

“We have plans to expand and we want to always have a presence in the art community,” said Blachley, a San Francisco native. “We’ll be at Art Basel in Miami this year and we really like Nashville.”

Morrison Hotel Gallery is well-known among photographers and musicians and Blachley said a goal is to make the gallery the resource for collectors of photographic works.

Morrison Hotel Gallery Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz

Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz at Morrison Hotel Gallery – Photo © Donna Balancia

Blachley’s fiance, Susan Brandt brings her flair for fun, and love for working with charitable groups to the gallery.

She works with the group Rational Animal and ties the charity into various events, like the Echo Home which helped to raise money for the animals.  Hince and The Kills bandmate Alison Mosshart support the charity.

“It’s a great cause and we’re happy to help,” Hince said at the VIP reception at Morrison Hotel Gallery Saturday night following the band’s Halloween performance at the LA Forum.

Few are fortunate enough in life to blend their passion and their work and earn a living at it.  In addition to always planning events and exhibits for the gallery Blachley and his Morrison Hotel Gallery group have other passions.

Blachley recorded an album, Nevada Sky, that was featured in East Coast Rocker.   READ THE REVIEW HERE

 

 

Frohman to sign Photo Book on Kurt Cobain at Morrison Hotel Gallery

Kurt Cobain by Jesse Frohman

Kurt Cobain photo © Jesse Frohman

Kurt Cobain: The Last Session

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Jesse Frohman’s photo shoot with Kurt Cobain in July of 1993 will always be the 30 minutes of his life he will never forget.

Cobain was three and a half hours late and asked Frohman for a bucket.  The shoot had all the indicators of a classic.

Frohman’s book, Kurt Cobain: The Last Session, is the result of that fateful day, when the photographer and the rocker teamed up for a very real connection.

This Saturday, Frohman will sign copies of his book, Kurt Cobain: The Last Session, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Morrison Hotel Gallery in West Hollywood.  The event is open to the public and the books can be purchased at the signing.

The book is published by Thames and Hudson.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is located within the Sunset Marquis Hotel at 1200 Alta Loma Road in West Hollywood.

— DONNA BALANCIA

Photographs by Jamie Hince on Display at Morrison Hotel Gallery LA

Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince' dog Archie is part of photographic show on display at Morrison Hotel Gallery

—  Archie and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart  —                                      Photo by Jamie Hince ©

By DONNA BALANCIA – LOS ANGELES — Echo Home, the photographic works of Jamie Hince of The Kills, will be presented at Morrison Hotel Gallery from Nov. 1 through Nov. 11,  and at Bookmarc in Los Angeles.

The Kills will be in Los Angeles for a Halloween show with Queens Of The Stone Age at the Los Angeles Forum the night before the opening.

The photos in Hince’ photo show, Echo Home, will be on display and available for purchase at Morrison Hotel Gallery located inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel.

A reception for the public will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 1, at Bookmarc on Melrose Place in Los Angeles.  Proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit organization, Rational Animal.

The Kills support QOTSA at LA Forum on Halloween

The Kills support tour mates Queens Of The Stone Age at the Forum on Halloween

Rational Animal reached out to The Kills for their help supporting the charity’s latest project. Hince was moved to support the group and created the photograph of bandmate Alison Mosshart in bed with his dog, Archie.

The photo is a modern-day homage to Terry O’Neill’s photograph of Bridget Bardot and her dog in bed.  The image of Mosshart and Archie has been used to promote fundraising for Rational Animal.

The Kills are known for dynamic music and fun and compelling performances.  The group was founded in 2000.

Rational Animal will debut its series of notecards, Artists with Animals, at Bookmarc.  The set of 10 cards features legendary artists and their pets.

Bookmarc was founded by Marc Jacobs in 1984. It is has supported 75 charities and uses the platform for humanitarian efforts.

Morrison Hotel Gallery was created by ex-record company exec Peter Blachley, music retailer Richard Horowitz and music photographer Henry Diltz with author and director Timothy White.

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