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On the Bright Side

October 10, 2013

Iconic rock images to take center stage at Roxbury gallery


Following the demise of the SoHo News, Tannenbaum went on to have a lengthy career with Sygma Photo News. He has been to many of the world’s trouble spots as a news photographer. His work has graced the cover of Time magazine three times and Newsweek magazine five times.

His music scene photography has been exhibited in Paris, London and Manhattan, among other places. He has also been honored for his photographs of first responders dealing with the destruction and carnage at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Tannenbaum said he is excited to have his work featured at the Orphic, a venue that he said blends in well with the growing arts scene in Roxbury. “We were really happy to discover this part of the Catskills,” he said. “What’s happening with the arts in Roxbury is fantastic.”

He recalled that he was working at his home darkroom, producing prints for Lennon, when he got the news that a gunman had taken the life of the musician he had photographed just 10 days earlier. He had been planning to meet with Lennon and Ono that evening to show them the prints. “I went from the highest of the highest to the lowest of the lowest,” he recalled of that grim time.

The show will include some of the work he produced from his time with Lennon and Ono, as well as portraits of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and many other musicians he has encountered.

“The quality of Allan’s work is really world class,” said Phil Lenihan, the gallery’s proprietor. In terms of New York in the 1970s, it provides a very fine window into the city’s culture at that time. His work is of the highest caliber.”

The opening reception for the exhibit, Lenihan said, will also be a celebration of the life of Lennon, who would have turned 73 years old on Wednesday.

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