Rob Shanahan Rock Photo Exhibit
Statement From the Artist
It’s been 27 years since I moved to Los Angeles with my camera and a lot of dreams. I wound up photographing some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. I hope you can join us for your own backstage pass to experience the personal stories behind some of my favorite iconic rock star photographs.
– Rob Shanahan
His photos have appeared in numerous ad campaigns, CD/DVD covers, books, galleries, and magazines around the globe.
He has been working with Ringo Starr since 2002, photographing and designing his tour books, DVD’s, and records “Y-Not”, “Ringo 2012”, and 2015’s “Postcards from Paradise”. In 2008 he accompanied Ringo to Liverpool to document his return home and a string of performances in the “Liverpool – 2008 City of Culture” festivities. He also photographs Ringo and Paul McCartney for Cirque dul Soliel/The Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas.
Rob is also the photographer for Yamaha Music Corporation since 2003, and has photographed hundreds of Yamaha endorsed artists including Elton John, Barry Manilow, Sammy Hagar, Alicia Keyes, Jason Mraz, Natalie Cole, Sarah MacLachlan, Dave Navarro, and many more. His photographs are featured in Yamaha’s global advertising campaigns.
“Volume 1”, his first published collection of music photographs, was released in December of 2011. With the foreword by Ringo Starr, and quotes from rockers such as drummer Neil Peart of RUSH, Edgar Winter, Billy Squier, Tommy Lee and Joe Walsh, this 224 page hardcover photo book released to rave reviews and will please photography and music fans alike.
Rob got his first drum kit when he was 10 and his first camera when he was 13 and has been doing both professionally since 1988. He has been performing with the “Hollywood Stones” since 1992. His sensitivities as a musician has made him the first call photographer for many of the world’s top artists.