New York in the 70s by Allan Tannenbaum
The Except the Dolls exhibit of 70s music photos by Allan Tannenbaum has been very enthusiastically received at The Orphic Gallery in Roxbury. The approximately 40 photos provide a pellucid culture window into the NY scene of this time but represent only a small proportion of Allan’s vast portfolio.
Very popular with those viewing the exhibit has been his book of photos capturing this era, New York in the 70s, which includes a considerable array of music pictures but also images from the art world, dancers, politicos, socialites, and nightclubbers. We are pleased to announce that after our first allotment sold out we have received a new shipment from his publisher – Overlook Books – and they can be perused at the gallery while visiting Allan’s stellar exhibit.
Allan Tannenbaum is a photojournalist from New York City who has documented the cultural life of the city independently and as Chief Photographer & Photo Editor of the Soho Weekly News and Staff Photographer for Sygma Photo News. Allan’s music photography from the 70s provides a culture window into the legendary downtown music scene and captures performances of the major touring acts of this time. His intimate photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken 10 days before his murder in December 1980 remain some of the most poignant and iconic photos of this era.
Except the Dolls surveys Allan’s music photography from the New York City music world of the 1970s both onstage and behind the scenes. His extensive portfolio documents the future legends of the downtown music world from Alex Chilton to Wayne County - Blondie, Jim Carroll, Lou Reed, Richard Hell, The Ramones, The Talking Heads, The Plasmatics - and major touring acts including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Iggy Pop, Bob Marley - virtually all notable performers from this heady time with the exception of The New York Dolls.