BRAD ELTERMAN: LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY
So many photo portfolios to get excited about this week. The latest is Brad Elterman’s photo career which started way back in 1974, when the 16 year old Brad borrowed a friends camera and snapped a shot of Dylan performing on stage. Since then, he’s been riding the gravy train on cheese wheels; one sex, drugs, and rock and roll infused photo feast, where Brad has had the amazing opportunity to photograph just about every rock/ punk/ pop legend to grace the stage and my highschool bedroom walls. From The Faces with our man Rod, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Sex Pistols, Devo, Talking Heads, The Runaways, Joan Jett, Kiss, Blondie, the Ramones, The Who, even Sean’s favorite band Abba…the list goes on and on. This guy has serious cred. Dipping his beak into just about every rowdy Hollywood party, Brad has made stellar contributions to magazines like Rolling Stone, Creem, Circus, etc. He was eventually hired to do official publicity photos by major record labels before forming one of the first Los Angeles-based photo agencies, California Features International, Inc. which specialized in providing celebrity coverage to magazines and newspapers worldwide.
Brad’s photos provide a rare, often raunchy glimse into rock and roll history where it seems Brad is always at the right place at the right time, camera ready. There is even a photo of Dylan posing with a young Deniro at The Roxy in 1976! and Brad, by some alignment of the planets, was some kid with a camera. There might be a better chance of quadruplet albinos being born under a solar eclipse, than a cosmic opportunity like that happening again in a young photographers career.
You can go back to where it all began… Like it was yesterday, and browse through the past few decades in music on Brads website or check out some of our favorites below: