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.