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Longtime Press Agent Lee Houskeeper Announces Robert Altman, Legendary ’60s Rolling Stone Chief Photographer, Dies at 76

Robert Altman captured about 30,000 visuals, visually documenting every little thing from the Rolling Stone’s ‘Let It Bleed’ recording periods to the ’60s counterculture and fashion in the ’70s

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current: Oct 5, 2021 21:33 EDT

Famous photojournalist Robert Altman, born Oct. 10, 1944, handed away on or about Sept. 24, 2021, a single month small of his 77th birthday, at his San Francisco house because of to troubles of his lengthy struggle with esophageal most cancers, declared Altman’s press agent Lee Houskeeper of the Information Services/San Francisco Tales company. Robert Altman captured an remarkable and legendary photographic assortment of the counterculture era and the planet of rock ‘n roll amongst the 1960s and ’70s. His afterwards functions concentrated on the planet of fashion.

Born and lifted in the Bronx, New York, Altman attended Hunter College at the City University of New York. After graduation, Altman was taught images by Ansel Adams, then moved to San Francisco, wherever he turned entrenched as a fixture inside of the art neighborhood by continuously creating his work, befriending quite a few as if they had been spouse and children.

Cementing his roots in San Francisco, Altman shot the entrance site, entire again protect, and inside unfold for the then-underground rag Good Instances. Altman later worked as Chief Personnel Photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine, capturing legendary covers, notably Tina Turner, Dave Crosby, and Keith Richards. His former boss and founder, Editor, and Publisher of Rolling Stone Jan Wenner has claimed: “Robert Altman was instrumental in portraying the look and experience and vitality of the Sixties.” When interviewed about his entrance to Rolling Stone, Robert replied, “So I took this image of Peter Fonda and Rolling Stone observed it in a Magazine …” Later he recalled, “Baron Wolman is now like my older brother and dearest friend … I moved into that slot and became that Chief Workers photographer…” Serving involving two other famous photographers, Altman held this posture at Rolling Stone from 1970 to 1973.

Tunes critic and author Joel Selvin has said, “Robert Altman has left us with some indelible photographs from a time and position that will ring by way of the ages as an enduring American archetype, The San Francisco Hippie.” 

A later on milestone in Robert’s life time integrated the 2009 Macy’s (Herald Square, NYC) screen of his photos in tribute to the Summer of Enjoy, like a lot more than 175 pics from his book The Sixties. With far more than 4,000 viewers passing for every hour, this was regarded as one particular of the biggest indoor/out of doors displays. This party served as a backdrop for his ebook signing and the commencing of principal images for his only approved documentary, now titled “Robert Altman: Via the Lens.” Altman’s The Sixties book cover image was integrated into style designer Paco Rabanne’s Paris Vogue 7 days Spring 2011 garments.

Frankie Anne, friend and director, who Robert honored to generate and immediate the documentary, recollects her yrs working with Robert. Robert was a great and loveable mensch and friend. As just one of the lead Rolling Stone photographers, Altman’s exquisitely candid pictures capture the historic moments that have occur to outline the ’60s.” 

UC Berkeley acquired Altman’s operate to form the Robert Altman Photograph Archive, now living in the Bancroft Library, serving as principal study on the American West.

Robert is survived by his body of do the job.

Lee Houskeeper
Cell/Text: (415) 654-9141
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Pictures Contact:
Executor Felicia McRee
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Robert Altman photograph archive, BANC PIC 2018.014, © College of California Regents, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Video INTERVIEWS Contact:
Frankie Anne
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Hyperlink to the documentary sizzle of film at this time titled “Robert Altman: By way of the Lens”:

Password: 60sWIP 

Interviews are cleared and readily available for use. Music clips are pending clearance and not available.

Credit history: Use with authorization of director/producer Frankie Anne.

Hyperlink to Obit in San Francisco Chronicle by Sam Whiting:


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