ALBANY — Capital District resident Patrick Harbron began his career photographing the luminaries of rock and roll.
Starting this weekend, Harbron’s work spanning through the 70s and 80s is to be displayed at the Albany Institute of History & Art through an exhibition called “Rock and Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron.”
The exhibition is taken from Harbron’s body of concert and portrait photography of influential musicians and groups of the 1970’s and 1980’s, captured at pivotal moments in their careers. The exhibition features many photographs that have never been published or exhibited.
Harbron photographed artists such as Blondie, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Elvis Costello early in their careers. He followed these artists to prominence and others that were already well known including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Queen, The Who, Genesis, KISS, U2, Aerosmith, and Prince.
The work has been published on album, CD and DVD covers, in books, magazines, and for publicity and tour booklets. His photographs have been exhibited in various group collections and solo shows in New York and Los Angeles, including the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
The exhibition will include Harbron’s collection of posters and ephemera gathered throughout his career along with guitars borrowed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The exhibit will run from Saturday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.