Long Beach, CA April 19, 2007-The Sun Deck Gallery aboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, is proud to present Rockin' Hollywood, a new exhibition featuring 80 images of classic rock and movie legends by photographer Michael Childers.
The exhibit will open June 15 and run through September 6, 2007. An opening reception with Michael Childers is scheduled at the Gallery on Sunday afternoon, June 17, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend.
The exhibition is part of a year-long 40th anniversary celebration of the Queen Mary's 1967 arrival in Long Beach.
Childers, one of the entertainment industry's most renowned and highly respected portrait, fashion and fine art photographers, began his career in the sixties, and continues to influence the world of art photography today.
"Who better to feature in our gallery during this anniversary year than Michael Childers," said Queen Mary President and CEO Howard Bell. "He has been Rockin' Hollywood (thus the exhibit title) for years with powerful, insightful, insider photography of his friends, and his body of work reflects the same 40 years that the Queen Mary has been here in Long Beach," Bell continued. "Childers' images of art, film, TV and rock stars perfectly capture the popular culture of the era."
"My work has always been difficult to categorize," Michael Childers commented, "because I never stuck with one genre of photography. There are so many areas that I explore on film - movement with great ballet dancers, explosive moments from great theatre productions, portraiture, nudes, flowers and interiors among them."
Movies were the photographer's childhood passion and infused his dreams and fantasies. Early in his career he was invited to work for Sir Laurence Olivier's National Theatre in London, an experience that allowed him to work alongside and observe some of the greatest acting talent of the last century. Shortly after that, he documented the extraordinary explosion of artistic expression in fashion, music and film in New York City in the early 1970s as one of the founding photographers of Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. Also in the '70s in Hollywood, he photographed a group of unique, young talents with very strong and different personalities, his friends then and now, who have become our current generation of film legends.
To quote artist David Hockney, "Michael Childers has created a living record of Hollywood people he actually knew and admired. An insider on the edge - a good position to be in."
The animated, screaming image that leaps from the Rockin' Hollywood exhibit graphics (Stephen Brogdon Design) is a recent gelatin silver print of Henry Rollins photographed in Hollywood in 2000.
The 80 photographs included in the Rockin' Hollywood exhibit cover a wide spectrum of Childers' portraiture from Mae West to Natalie Wood and Lily Tomlin, from Cat Stevens to Rod Stewart, Rock Hudson, Elton John, Andy Warhol, Ringo Starr, George Hurrell and David Hockney. A very special image of Sir Laurence Olivier aboard Natalie Wood's yacht shows the Queen Mary in the background. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a young man at Muscle Beach is also included alongside Al Pacino and Mel Gibson. Grace Jones, Cher, Demi Moore, Raquel Welch, Michelle Pfeiffer - the list goes on and on.
The Exhibit is being curated by Dr. Lou D'Elia of Pancho Barnes Enterprises who also produced the Sun Deck Gallery's first exhibit, "Lights! Camera! Glamour!" - featuring the pioneering work of Hollywood glamour idiom photographer, George Hurrell. Architect Michael Salazar of Pancho Barnes Enterprises designed the flexible, new exhibit space that will premiere with the Rockin' Hollywood show.
It is the mission of the new Sun Deck Gallery to present unique exhibitions of fine art photography and explore the Queen Mary's historic photo archive.
To learn more about Michael Childers and his work, go to www.michaelchildersphotography.com. For additional information about the Queen Mary, please go to www.queenmary.com.
Born in North Carolina, Childers attended the UCLA Film School where he directed student films and began his photography career by studying with Robert Heineken and Edmund Teske. Childers created the mixed media work for the record-breaking run of the hit off-Broadway musical "Oh! Calcutta!" for Kenneth Tynan. It was Tynan who subsequently invited Michael to work for Sir Laurence Olivier's National Theater in London. He remains the only American photographer invited to photograph productions at the National Theater. He went on to become a founding photographer for Andy Warhol's Interview and After Dark magazines. For Dance magazine, he produced many covers including those featuring the Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Ballet and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as co-authored a book, "The World of Bejart."