Paul Natkin: Superstars
Date: 5/1/2015 - 8/2/2015
Legendary rock photographer Paul Natkin has received international acclaim for his dramatic images of some of music’s greatest talents. Superstars, his first career retrospective, includes over twenty images of a cross-generational range of musicians shot over the last forty years of his career, such as Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Ice Cube and Guns and Roses.
Explosive on-stage performances are balanced by intimate, up-close and personal portraits, revealing Natkin’s unparalleled ability to capture the excitement of live performance in his concert photography, and record raw emotion in his portrait photography.
Paul Natkin is Chicago’s most notable rock photographer. His father, photojournalist Robert Natkin, inspired him to pursue photography, and he began shooting live concerts in the mid 1970s. His photographs have appeared on countless magazine covers, including Newsweek, Time, People, Playboy, Ebony and Entertainment Weekly, as well as on numerous album covers for artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Alanis Morissette and Buddy Guy, among others. Natkin has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at both the Elmhurst Historical Museum and the Chicago Cultural Center, but Superstars is the first exhibition to place sole emphasis on his photographs in the fine arts context of EPAC’s Chicago Artist Gallery.