The intimate moments of music legends, both past and present, are frozen in time at the Morrison Hotel Gallery.
The SoHo flagship has been a mecca for the last 17 years—from record producers to lawyers, closet-rockers to jazz heads, music fans from all around the world have revered Morrison Hotel Gallery as a photographic sanctuary—a world leader in fine art music photography representing over 125 of the most highly acclaimed music photographers. The gallery curates hundreds of the world’s most exceptional collections of rare and iconic music photography for international exhibition and sale.
Working with the photographers themselves, the family estates, and often legendary artists who are also photographers, Morrison Hotel Gallery brings to light unseen archives, drawing from a vast and growing catalog of jazz, blues, hip hop and rock genres dating back to the 1940s and up to today’s contemporary artists; and also boast a robust online presence that features over 100,000 images.
Behind the Music
The Morrison Hotel Gallery name originated from the archived photo of The Doors' album cover taken by Henry Diltz in 1969 at the eponymous Morrison Hotel in Los Angeles. Legendary music photographer Henry Diltz; video director Peter Blachley and music industry executive Richard Horowitz combined their decades of music, marketing and art experience, and founded the gallery in 2001. Peter Blachley worked with some of the best music video directors and editors, which helped train his eye to the visual art of music. Richard Horowitz was a music retail industry professional for more than 30 years and worked directly with the John Lennon Estate to represent the artwork of John Lennon for 26 years, producing more than 100 exhibitions.
In 2012 author, director and photographer Timothy White, well-known for documenting the charisma of Hollywood royalty, joined the partners to launch an additional west coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. In 2016, Morrison Hotel Gallery joined forces with Fleetwood Mac founder and rock icon Mick Fleetwood to open their newest gallery in Fleetwood’s General Store in Lahaina, Maui.
Morrison Hotel Gallery displays its best-sellers on stark white walls; the curators' arrangements help visitors visualize the photographer's concept. Classic rock photography is the top-selling collections with famous works including “Corvette Winter” the iconic black and white photograph of Bruce Springsteen sitting on this 1960 Corvette in 1978 from the Frank Stefanko collection. In addition to the carefully curated pieces exhibited, there are hundreds of archived photos from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, as well as alternative rock bands Nirvana, and Pearl Jam available for sale.
The Morrison Hotel Galley Jazz photography collection is equally extensive—representing America’s most beloved jazz photographer Herman Leonard and his unique work from the jazz scenes of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Leonard captured the intimate moments of jazz giants Miles Davis, Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, in addition to Dexter Gordon—a rare piece that commands the room with the largest price tag in the gallery, selling at $45,000. The collections of these visual documentarians are divided into genres from folk to jazz greats and extends beyond music into Hollywood celebrities and vintage automobiles.
The prize piece of the gallery and the only one to be showcased in an intricately detailed golden frame, is The Rolling Stones', Beggar's Banquet Outtake from the Michael Joseph collection. Taken over the course of a weekend with the Rolling Stones in 1968 for their classic Beggar’s Banquet album, this photo’s colorful details captured the energy of the band perfectly. Though this picture was not selected for the album cover, this shot is still one of the jewels in the Morrison Hotel Gallery crown.
The gallery is well-known for its archives of vintage classic rock photography, but they do have a large library of contemporary artists—the next generation of legends including Hip Hop and R&B icons from the 1980s,1990s and 2000s Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Run DMC, Kanye West, Jay-Z and more.
The open loft space and abundant natural light from the wall of windows make for a relaxing shopping experience; shop with ease with the assistance of fine art specialists and curators to help find music memories of Woodstock of Monterey Pop, or one-of-a-kind shots of America’s biggest music legends.
Stop in this month for the newest exhibit, August 23rd through September 6th, called Are You Experienced, a psychedelic photography exhibition and sale that features the work of photographer/art director Karl Ferris, creator of the iconic album cover for Jimi Hendrix's debut album 50 years ago. Hours M- Sa 11 am - 7 pm, Su noon- 6 pm