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Famous friend: Henry Diltz's subjects included Mama Cass pictured in 1968 (Picture: Henry Diltz Corbis)


A rare collection of images by music photographer Henry Diltz—including singer Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas dressed Cleopatra-style—has gone on display at the National Theatre.

Diltz, 75, was the official photographer of Woodstock in 1969 and shot album covers for artists including The Doors.

David Crosby & Joni Mitchell

Rare: Joni Mitchell and David Crosby in 1969 (Picture: Henry Diltz Corbis)

The photographs include one of David Crosby and Joni Mitchell gazing into each other's eyes in the back of a car (a big yellow taxi?) in 1969. The shot of Cass was taken in the Californian desert a year earlier for a possible album cover, but ended up on a billboard on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.

Diltz was a folk musician in the early Sixties, and became a photographer "by accident". He said: "I picked up a camera and started photographing my group. It helped being a musician because I wasn't seen as a photographer."

The Doors 1969

Music men: The Doors in 1970 on the photoshoot that provided the image for the cover of their Morrison Hotel album (Picture: Henry Diltz Corbis)

Diltz took the photograph for the sleeve of The Doors' 1970 record, Morrison Hotel. He said: "The Doors were fun to hang out with, everyone laughing… Jim [Morrison] was a very quiet guy… He would have loved the way he's been mythologised."

Both Sides Now is on at the National Theatre until June 14. Free entry.

Rod Kitson , & Alistair Foster (2014, April 7). Rare images of musicians by Henry Diltz unveiled at new exhibition - Showbiz - London Evening Standard. Retrieved April 23, 2014, from
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