Ethan Russell

Photographer + Musician + Shot
Born Nov 26, 1945

Ethan Allen Russell is a photographer, author and video director, mostly of musicians. He is known as "the only rock photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who."

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1945 Birth Born in 1945.
1950 5 Years Old His family moved to Manhattan in 1950, then in 1952 to San Francisco. … Read More


He was first introduced and became interested in photography at Davis, but did not work professionally until 1968 when he traveled to England.
But it’s Russell’s photographs of the band on their 1969 US tour – most unseen until now – that provide the most compelling insight." … Read More
1971 26 Years Old Working with The Who, Russell did the cover photography for Who's Next in 1971 and the photography for the book that accompanied Quadrophenia in 1973. … Read More


1978 33 Years Old In 1978 Russell shifted his focus to film and video, becoming "a pioneer in producing music videos", but leaving a cache of iconoclastic still photographs largely unseen for nearly 30 years. … Read More


1991 46 Years Old In reviewing Rosanne Cash's video What We Really Want in 1991, the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Photographer-director Russell has concocted a weird, two-dimensional world of paintings for Cash to step into, singing one of her latest songs of woe and miscommunication. … Read More


2005 60 Years Old In the 1990s Russell garnered his second Grammy nomination for the video There's A Tear In My Beer with Hank Williams, Jr. Publication of his book Let It Bleed spawned the resurgence of Russell's still photography, beginning with an exhibition directly related to the book that premiered at Digital Domain in Los Angeles in 2005. … Read More
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