Photography + Rock & Roll

The Birmingham Museum of Art is one of my favorite places in the city. I could spend an entire day there, possibly two. I was an art major in college, so I love being up close and personal with the works of those who ooze creativity.

The museum’s latest exhibit, Who Shot Rock & Roll is a collection of works from over 100 photographers who captured some of the industry’s most intimate moments and highlights from 1955 to the present. Most of the work has never been seen before.

Plan on spending at least an hour at the exhibit and bring your blue tooth or hands-free device – there’s an audio tour available by dialing a number on your cell phone and keying in the extensions mentioned on some of the works. No speaker phones and no photography allowed.

Some of my favorites included a photo of Madonna by Amy Arbus and Ed Caraeff‘s photo of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar. The stories behind both of those make for excellent conversation. The photographic works feature artists such as The Beatles, Elvis, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Michael Jackson, among others. Some great shots of Tina Turner as well!

The exhibit is on display until 9/18/2011 and entry cost is $10/person. Two big fat thumbs up from me. Go see it if you have a chance.

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