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Rock N Roll Photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz Bring Their Remarkable Show to NYC

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Henry Diltz

Iconic Images by Legendary Snappers Mark First Tour

By DONNA BALANCIA – NEW YORK – Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz may not look alike, but they both see life in a similar fashion from Behind The Lens.

The two photographers will be on hand to discuss their respective work as Behind The Lens, an exhibit of their photography work, hits New York City on Sept. 21.

“The (Behind The Lens) tour is so great,” Diltz said. “We’re very excited to be doing this type of tour, the first of it’s kind.”

Presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery, produced and directed by gallery co-owner and founder Peter Blachley and executive produced by gallery co-owners Rich Horowitz and Timothy White, Behind The Lens features a live presentation of still and moving images along with the stories told by each photographer.

Crosby, Stills and Nash - Photo © Henry Diltz

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Photo © Henry Diltz

“People think Pattie and I have known each other for a long time, but we only met when Morrison Hotel Gallery started to represent her photography,” Diltz said. “So, it hasn’t been that long, but she is a wonderful person and such a talented photographer.”

Morrison Hotel Gallery will also create a gallery exhibition and sale to travel with each show. GET TICKETS HERE

Diltz is considered one of the greatest music photographers of the last century with over 400,000 images in his archive and over 400 album covers to his name. He has created iconic images for artists including the Doors, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and James Taylor.

Pattie Boyd

Pattie Boyd

Boyd, known as “Queen of the Sixties,” and a well-known model, was the inspiration for the love songs ‘Something,” “Layla,” and “Wonderful Tonight.”  She is known for her photographs of George Harrison, The Beatles, Eric Clapton and others.

“Between the two of us, with all of our stories and the photographs, we have some great stuff to share with the audiences at each stop on the tour,” Diltz said.  “We hope this will be the first of many more Behind The Lens tours to come, with some of the other photographers the gallery works with.”

For New York City Behind The Lens ticket holders, a private reception will be held at the gallery in Soho the night after the show.

The show is presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery.  The gallery has several locations. For more information see Morrison Hotel Gallery. 

As ‘Compton’ Retains B.O. Reign, Aldis Hodge Talks Role as Rapper M.C. Ren

By DONNA BALANCIA — Aldis Hodge says it’s the family bond that has enabled the successful careers of he and his brother, Edwin, for the last 25 years.

Aldis, who plays M.C. Ren in Straight Outta Compton, and his older brother were on hand at a recent premiere. Aldis spoke to CaliforniaRocker.com about work, family and the N.W.A.

Straight Outta Compton opened to $60 million in its debut and topped the box office again last weekend with an additional take of $27 million for a cumulative total of $111.4 million.

Hodge told CaliforniaRocker.com he’s excited about his latest project, Straight Outta Compton, the box office topper that tells the story of the rise of the N.W.A., considered one of the most influential rap groups, and considered instrumental in the Gangsta Rap genre.

“We grew up back East and we spent a lot of time here, too,” said Hodge, 28.  “We’ve been acting since we were very young, and we’re very fortunate to be working.”

Hodge said Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray, will help present the Gangsta Rap movement in a different light.

“You’re going to enjoy this film,” he said. “It’s more than a story about the music. It covers M.C. Ren’s life from the time he was young to present day.”

Keith Stanfield plays Snoop Dog, O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays Ice Cube, Jason Mitchell plays Easy-E and Corey Hawkins plays Dr. Dre.

“I think this film will get people to understand more about N.W.A.  MC Ren didn’t do drugs, and the N.W.A. were really about getting their music heard,” Hodge said. “But they did get wild, partying and all.  It’s pretty wild.”

The last screening of the film that Hodge saw ran close to 2.5 hours, he said.

Universal Pictures should be applauded not only to tackle some diverse and risky subject matter but also in keeping the production in Los Angeles.  Judging by the immense size of cast and crew this was no inexpensive proposition.

“The film was shot right here in L.A.,” Hodge said, “that made it authentic and it was convenient to get to work.”

As for his cast mates, he enjoyed working with them all but had some special words for Paul Giamatti, who plays Jerry Heller.

“He plays our manager, he’s just a monster in this,” Hodge said. “He gives an unbelievable performance.”

While sometimes it seems like it’s all a fabulous dream, Hodge is realistic about his work.

“You have to be prepared for the good times and the slow times also,” he said. “It’s all about family and we have good family around us, so we’re all right.”

Ed. note – This article was originally published on March 11, 2015 in CaliforniaRocker.com.