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The Who, NYC, 1968


Shot in 1968 in NYC in Morningside Park near Columbia University, Art Kane had plenty of fun with The Who. Kane described them as “cute little ruffians, they made me think of Dickens, of Fagin’s gang from Oliver Twist.”

Knowing that Pete Townshend and John Entwistle wore jackets made from the British flag, Art Kane decided to literally enrobe the band in the Union Jack, 2 actually, sewn together specially for the shoot. He wanted to portray them as “lovable in a devilish way”. Kane instructed them to pretend to be asleep at the base of the Karl Schurz monument. He saw the image as an homage to a Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph of a vagrant asleep in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Originally photographed in 1968 for Art Kane’s legendary Life Magazine photo essay ‘The New Rock’, it was later used by The Who for the soundtrack album cover and publicity posters for their 1978 movie ‘The Kids Are Alright’.

Original Photograph Printed Directly from the Original Negative.
Hand-Signed/Estate Stamped by the Photographer or Estate.
Limited Edition Available in Select Sizes.
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The Who, NYC, 1968 - Morrison Hotel Gallery
  • The Who
  • Rock
  • Art Kane