Monroe Gallery of Photography
Monroe Gallery of Photography


Exhibition of photographs of Musicians and Music

Santa Fe--Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce "The Art of Sound", an extensive survey of more than 50 classic photographs portraying iconic personalities from the field of music as captured by renowned photographers. All genres of music are represented, including opera, pop, jazz, classical, and rock. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, February 5, from 5 to 7 PM. "The Art of Sound" will continue through April 11.

Louis Armstrong, Las Vegas, 1970

Musicians have been the subject of photographs since the invention of photography in the 19th century. Over time, the genre developed rapidly once the technical evolution of the medium allowed photographers to photographs musicians "in concert." Eventually, an entire industry was created in response to the record companies' need for constant material for publicity and album promotion.

Photographs in this exhibition include formal portraits either taken in a studio or staged in an environment of the photographer's choosing, but the majority were taken in performance: auditoriums, nightclubs, and symphony halls, and wherever musicians are just "hanging out". In these photographs the essential personality of the musician is revealed, and an image of the past becomes visual history.

We listen to music with our ears, but we experience it with our eyes, too. Photographers in the exhibition have captured the energy, passion, style, and sex appeal of these great musicians.

Louis Armstrong on the set of "High Society", 1956, Photograph by Gene Trindl

Miles Davis, New York, 1958

Maria Callas in role as Norma, Lyric Opera House, Chicago, 1954

Louis Armstrong and Tyree Glenn performing "Hello Dolly" at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, 1965

Judy in White

Barbra Streisand, "Color Me Barbra" taping, New York, 1966

Leonard Bernstein conducting Mahler's Second Symphony, Carnegie Hall, New York, 1960

Violinist Nathan Milstein, pianist Vladimir Horowitz & cellist Gregor Piatigorsky after a concert, Berlin, Germany, 1931

Igor Stravinsky, 1946

Arthur Rubenstein, New York, 1966

Ray Charles, 1965

Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1962

Frank Sinatra, Miami, 1965

Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole at the Villa Capri, 1955 by Bernie Abramson

Miles Davis, The Blackhawk

The Beatles, Miami, 1964

The Beatles, Miami, 1964

Marianne Faithfull during recording¬ for the Rolling Stones' "Their Satanic Majesties Request, London, 1967

Tina Turner

Mick Jagger, 1967

Johnny Cash, Melody Ranch, CA

Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen Meeting For First Time, Backstage, New Haven, Ct, 1975

Janis and Tina, Madison Square Garden, November 27, 1969

David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, London, 1972

Bob Dylan, 1975

Bob Dylan, Infrared, 1968

John Lennon, The Dakota, New York

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, New York

Alan Freed, "The Big Beat", WNEW-TV, New York City, 1959

Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden, January 31, 1974

Jerry Garcia at Fillmore East, September 27, 1969

Grateful Dead, Fillmore East, February 14, 1970

Jimi Hendrix (Multi) at Fillmore East, December 31, 1969



James Stewart with Doris Day, "The Man Who Knew Too Much", 1956, Photographer: Sanford Roth

Lou Reed, Kings Cross Cinema, England, 1972 (Transformer)

Iggy Pop, 1972 (Raw Power)

Freddy Mercury, London, 1974 (Queen II)

Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland

The Supremes, New York

A Great Day in Jazz, New York, 1997

Click here to view our Archived Gallery Showcase

About Us Photographers Tony Blog Past Exhibitions Contact Us

Home | About Us | Photographers | Showcase | Archived Showcase | Contact Us | Blog | Privacy and Usability
© 2019 Monroe Gallery. All Rights Reserved | Website Design Bay Area