Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lynn Goldsmith Gallery Rock 'n' Roll Dreams

Lynn Goldsmith, a photographer of legendary rock 'n' rollers, is a legend in her own right.

She is hosting a reception and book signing at her Basalt Gallery this evening. Her exhibit, "Rock 'n' Roll Dreams," will run through September 15. Signed books will be available until July 14 at 50% off.

As she is one of my 'sheroes' from way back, we hope to attend....

Okay. We attended. Lynn Goldsmith's Gallery, located in the Mid-Valley Design Center, is filled with astounding pieces of artwork. Most are candid shots of famous people that Lynn has shot throughout the years. Also displayed are several of her 'mosaics' and a brilliantly unique series of self portraits, such as the one below:

Tea Cup Dreams." © Lynn Goldsmith. “Tea Cup Dreams” is a self-portrait from the series In The Looking Glass. Lynn says, “The work is concerned with how identity is constructed and what is the truth of our persona.”
Lynn, in person, is a petite and gregarious brunette with a Mercurian wit, who proudly proclaims her age. (60! She looks a sprightly 40.) She spoke to her audience with complete forthrightness, weaving stories that were as fascinating as her photos. At one point, she mentioned that, contrary to popular speculation, she hasn't slept with everyone she's shot. An audience member piped up with, "Who did you sleep with?" Everyone laughed. Lynn explained that when you have to take photos all day, then run back to the lab to print 'em so you can have them to your client the next morning, "Who has time to sleep?"

Lynn is a multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rollingstone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, US, Bunte, Paris Match, etc. Her subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Her forty years of photography have not only been an investigation into the nature of the human spirit, but also into the natural wonders of our planet. By the early 80’s Lynn departed from the worlds of both photography and film, to become a recording artist. Under the name Will Powers, she signed with Island Records as the first optic-music artist. Lynn has written songs with recording artists such as Sting, Steve Winwood, Todd Rundgren and Nile Rogers.The wide range of Lynn’s talents, skills and achievements are products of a belief she holds constant: creativity is based on breaking limiting thought patterns. For more information on this fascinating woman, please visit her website: http://lynngoldsmith.com/menu.html

Here is her Gallery address:
Lynn Goldsmith Gallery
Mid-Valley Design Center Basalt
40 Sunset Drive, Suite 10A
Here is the phone number:

Here are a few photos from the evening:

Let's photograph the photographers! Stewart Oksenhorn (Aspen Times) and Louisa Davidson, posing before two of Lynn's 'Through the Looking Glass' self portraits.

My son, Andrew, draped by two fawning blondes

John Oates (of Hall & Oates) draped by a fawning blonde

Lo Druckman and E.J. Maret (of Reggae Rodeo)

Two more of Lynn's 'Through the Looking Glass' series. The snapshots below completely do not do them justice. They're enormous, and perfect to the last stunning detail. Do yourself a favor - visit the Gallery and experience them in person.

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