For Glen Wexler, finishing school at the Art Center College of Design took a back seat to his blossoming career as a photographer. Wexler shot his first album cover by the age of 22 and had created literally hundreds of album covers before his 30th birthday, photographing musicians including ZZ Top and Michael Jackson.
“I haven’t worked with any artist who was difficult to photograph,” explains Wexler, who shows six black and white images of rock stars during Edition ONE Gallery’s exhibit “Hail, Hail Rock ’N’ Roll: Portraits of an Era 2018.” The opening reception is set for 5 p.m. on September 7.
Two of Wexler’s previously unpublished images of Michael Jackson are in the show.
“I was working with Michael Jackson on a big campaign for Yamaha and we really hit if off,” Wexler recalls. “He asked me to take some portraits of him after the campaign’s photo shoot.”
The secret to taking a great photo of any person, Wexler says, is creating a feeling of trust during the photo session. “I tend to have a pre-visualized idea of the outcome, but at the same time, I am always open to whatever happens,” he adds. “I try to establish a comfort zone with that person and let him or her know that I have their best interests at heart.”
Through the years, Wexler has worked on many award-winning campaigns for top international brands including Acura, Allstate, Adobe, Electronic Arts, Epson, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Capital One and Jeep. He has created iconic photographic logos for The Star Wars Trilogy, Batman Forever, Universal Pictures and Geffen Records.
One of his most recent projects is the creation of a book of portraiture from the 1980s. This 132-page book with at least 60 black and white images in it, including the images presented in Edition ONE’s show, will be released during the last quarter of the year.
Also displaying photos in the show are Yvette Roman, whose intimate portraits include musicians such as Joni Mitchell and Maynard Keenan, and Eventyr, who presents images of rock stars in London and New York City in the 1970s.
Baron Wolman, Lisa Law, Henry Diltz, William Coupon and Bob Seidemann share some of their classic, limited edition prints of rock and pop legends.