As Richard Busch describes it, his photographs of iconic figures from the 1960’s were all “just luck.”
They include Ike and Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Roger Daltry, Mick Jagger and vivid scenes from Woodstock.
Busch’s exhibit, “It’s Only Rock and Roll,” on display now at 8 Chains North Vineyard, shows a period of his life when he was living in New York City in the 1960’s and working for Life Magazine.
It was also the beginning of his career, working as a photographer, writer and editor, which later led him to live in the Washington, D.C. area.
A longtime resident of Leesburg, Busch and his wife, Olwen Woodier, live on Glenfiddich Farm, an old dairy farm. Woodier is a writer, chef and gardener and hosts cooking classes at their home, which is a converted barn.
After years of photography, writing and editing, Busch became fascinated with pottery making. He is a resident at the Cooley Gallery and shows his work there.
Busch recently began sorting through thousands of photos from the ‘60s.
“I photographed everything going on around me in New York City, street scenes, friends, Great Barrington, Ma., rock music and was transported back to that era in my life. It was also the time when I met my wife, who was and still is a very beautiful woman. I have made up several books of the photos, putting them together in themes,” Busch said.
“It was like seeing an old friend I hadn’t seen in 25 years. I am having a lot of the photos digitized so they can be preserved,” he added.
But how can luck introduce you to some of the most famous figures of the 1960’s?
It turns out that Busch had a friend who worked in Life Magazines' entertainment department.
“Robin had access to meet a lot of rock stars and I was the fortunate beneficiary of that,” Busch said.
“One night, we went to see Tommy at the Lincoln Center and afterward we all went to a party. The photo of Roger Daltry was taken at that party,” Busch said.
“Taking pictures became an obsession. For me, it was what I wanted to do
Busch met Jimi Hendrix because he had another photographer friend who invited him to come along on their photo shoot.
“I was able to shake hands with Hendrix and he died only a couple of years later,” Busch recalls.
The photos of Eric Clapton came about because of Busch’s work with Show Magazine. Busch spent a few hours with Clapton backstage at Fillmore East and later in a hotel room.
Regarding his photos of Jerry Garcia: “My friend Robin knew Jerry Garcia from the Life Magazine story and The Dead were in town at the Fillmore East.
Somehow Robin knew he had an afternoon free and he was interested in seeing The Cloisters. We drove them there and spent the afternoon wandering around and shooting pictures. He was in a good mood, there was lots of laughter that day,” Busch describes.
If you go:
“It’s Only Rock and Roll” is on exhibit now until the end of June at 8 Chains North Vineyard, 38593 Daymont Lane, Purcellville.
To view more of Busch's work visit http://www.rfbphotos.com