Collection: Glen Craig

Glen Craig is a living legend of photography. He has captured iconic
images of the greatest artists in a half-century of American and
British music: Miles Davis, B.B. King, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin,
the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Little Richard, the Who, Johnny
Cash, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, the
Doors and countless others.


At Parsons School of Design in New York, Glen studied under
photography legends Diane Arbus and Benedict J. Fernandez.


In 1965, a chance encounter with B.B. King propelled Glen into the
world of music photography. His images of the King of the Blues
made the front cover of Cashbox, America’s leading music-industry
publication of that era. The pictures caught the attention of Bruce
Geddman, editor of Hullabaloo Magazine. Glen chief photographer of
Hullabaloo, a thriving rock-music ‘zine.


During his next few years at Hullabaloo, Glen photographed many
music legends and legends-to-be, from Aretha and Miles to Gene
Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis to the Loving Spoonful and the Young
Rascals to Julio Iglesias and Celia Cruz.


Glen was working with B.B. King in the late 1960’s when executives at
Columbia/CBS Records introduced him to Miles Davis in New York.
Columbia wanted to help Davis cross over to a more mainstream
audience. Davis, notoriously wary, developed a trusting relationship
with Glen that enabled the photographer to capture images of the jazz
giant in his home, at the gym, and in his studio. Glen went on to
photograph Miles in 1970 for Zygote Magazine, which ran an 18-page
feature on the artist.


Glen’s next chapter began with a phone call from Sid Bernstein, the
man who had brought The Beatles to America. Glen went to work
with Sid as a creative director and press officer. The time Glen spent
with Sid delivered a crash course on the music business.

Glen Craig’s published credits include The New York Times, Boston
Globe, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Time-
Life, Paris Match, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Esquire, NPR, Guitar Player,
Downbeat, Swing Journal, Jazz Weekly, Jazz Wise, The Nation, Relix,
Mojo, Billboard, Leica Fotographe International and Ebony. His work
appears on releases from Atlantic Records, Virgin, A&M Records,
Warner, Sony, and Universal records. In addition to his photography,
Glen produced and shot commercials for Puerto Rico Board of
Tourisme, Peru Board of Tourisme, AT&T, and Southern Bell.
Glen remains a working photographer in advertising campaigns,
fashion editorials, portraiture, travel, the music industry and
architecture. His visual language is influenced by many years as a
graphic designer. A playful and creative approach infuses all of his
projects.

Glen Craig

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