Michael Putland: A Life in Music – 50 years on the Road

The energy, prolificacy and omnipresence of music photographers is almost as impressive as the images they capture.

David Bowie takes the weight off his feet after a hard day

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David Bowie takes the weight off his feet after a hard day

Photographer Michael Putland is someone who it seems was always there, capturing stars on-stage and off in their most confident and vulnerable moments. 

Getty Images Gallery is presenting Michael Putland: A Life in Music – 50 years on the Road.

Although he is, in his own words on “a never ending journey” and shows no sign of putting his camera down, it’s fair to say that his heyday was probably the 70s.

He toured with The Rolling Stones in 1973, the results of which you can see in the exhibition, an also captured an off duty John Lennon sitting cross-legged in his socks and shot The Clash in a New York dockyard.

Sleepy Mick Jagger

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Sleepy Mick Jagger

Putland’s clients included Disc and Music Echo, Sounds, Smash Hits and Q Magazine, as well as record labels including CBS, Warner,  Polydor and Columbia Records.

He relocated to New York in 1977 and founded his own agency Retina  and today shoots artists he admires from the jazz, classical and world music scenes, which Getty Images Gallery says provides him with “an alternative narrative to his rock music portfolio”.

Levelling on his career, Putland says: “It has been an incredible ride through an incredible period of musical history, which combined my two great loves…music and photography.

“Little did I appreciate when my uncle Alan encouraged my photography back in the 1950s that this would lead me to photographing nearly all my heroes…and I’m thrilled to still be finding new ones.”

The invisible 7'8" tall guitarist was proving to be a real show stopper

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The invisible 7’8

Michael Putland: A Life in Music – 50 years on the Road runs from 22 October-22 November Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8DX

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