Ethan Russell

Ethan Russell (American, b. 1945)

Multi Grammy-nominated photographer, author, and director Ethan Russell is the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. A boy from California, who was barely established when he took his first pictures of Mick Jagger, Russell became one of the foremost rock photographers in the world only a few years later. A pioneer in music video, he is an award-winning creative director and the author of three books: Dear Mr. Fantasy, Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. Tour, and Ethan Russell: An American Story.  He was at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, shot the Let It Be cover for the Beatles was on the rooftop for their last concert, took the cover image for Who’s Next, and directed the last video with John Lennon the week before he was murdered. His early career coincided with a cultural storm of music, art, politics, civil rights, power, change, and evolution that reshaped the world and became the collective story of a generation.