Everyone knows their names -- the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson. But you’ve probably never seen them pictured like they are in Columbus Museum’s new exhibit, “Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography.”
Some of them are iconic images like the bare-chested Jim Morrison with his arms stretched out. Or the Who, sleeping under the Union Jack at Grant’s Tomb in New York City.
Other photos in the exhibit have been used as album covers or were printed alongside magazine articles.
Some photos in the exhibit have never been seen before.
Columbus Museum curator Kristen Miller Zohn worked with Christopher Murray, of Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C., to pick images for the exhibit.
“We went back to the original negatives,” Zohn said. “We printed them large.”
So large that the word “monumental” is used to describe the exhibit.
Museum director Tom Butler said because many of the images of the rock stars are bigger than life-size, visitors can almost imagine standing beside the photographer taking the pictures.
Most of the photographers are still living, Zohn said, and Murray got their permission to use the images.
The photographs in the exhibit were printed on watercolor paper using the latest pigment technology, Zohn said.
Within the exhibit, Zohn created an “ephemera” room, where original images can be compared to how they looked when they were used in magazines or on album covers.
The musicians who appear in the photographs are from the early days of rock to the latest stars from the 1990s.
“This is a multi-generational exhibit,” Butler said. “Everyone can identify with at least one of these musicians.”