Brad Elterman began photographing musicians in unguarded backstage moments as a teenager in Los Angeles in the 1970s—consciously avoiding the cliché-d performance style that had become the preferred standard for music photography at the time. Here, Elterman cleverly slipped to the back of the press ‘bull pen’ at the American Music Awards and captured this revealing photo of the press corp with the subject of their attention just inside the frame, a study in the workings of the celebrity media machine. Elterman would also document Hollywood stars of the era along with the excesses of the chaotic 70s scene. His photos simultaneously capture the edginess of the subjects and project a laconic California cool.
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Brad Elterman (American, b. 1956) is known for his candid photographs of the Hollywood rock’n’roll lifestyle, capturing such celebrities as Joan Jett, the Runaways, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and the Ramones, among others. During the 70’s he has contributed to magazines such as Creem, Circus, Rolling Stone, and People. Still prolific today, he is taking photographs for Dazed & Confused, Vice Odda and Purple Diary. In 2014 Damiani published his “Dog Dance” book and in the fall of 2015, brings his latest book “No Dogs On Beach” by Bywater Bros and “Villa Le Reve" in 2016.

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Madonna Meets The Press, 1982
Lot Number 10
Archival pigment print
13 x 19 in (33.02 x 48.26 cm)
Edition of 3
Signed and numbered by the photographer on verso
Printed 2018

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Madonna Meets The Press
  • Dimensions
    13 x 19 in (33.02 x 48.26 cm)