Los Angeles Lakers: photography

PodKast: Rock photography legend Henry Diltz

July, 3, 2012
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
Henry Diltz is a name you might not immediately recognize, but if you're a fan of rock music, you likely know his work. Diltz is among the most famous and successful of rock photographers, whose stunning portfolio includes iconic images of, among others, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Keith Richards, and Michael Jackson. His work is prominently featured in "Who Shot Rock and Roll?", an exhibition of music photography at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City, which opened on June 23 and runs through October 7. We were excited to have Diltz in studio to talk about his career, the artists he's worked with, and the way Los Angeles has changed from the 60's to the present day.

The entire show can be heard by clicking on the module, and below is a breakdown of talking points:

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- (2:38): Diltz explains how his background as a folk musician influenced his approach and style as a photographer, but also helped him meet so many of the people he shot. His first picture sold? A group shot of Buffalo Springfield, which he shot on a lark. 100 bucks in his hot little hand, Diltz had officially discovered his calling.

- (6:58): By mastering the art of "hanging out," Diltz was able to maintain a relaxed atmosphere and capture the unguarded personalities of these musicians.

- (10:00): Diltz shares the backstories for his the instantly recognizable covers for the Crosby, Still and Nash and Morrison Hotel albums. He also recounts memories of working with Jim Morrison, and how the singer acted on and and offstage.

- (18:45): More memories of working with the likes of Paul McCartney, Neil Young, the Monkees, Ron Wood, and Keith Richards (whose face made for incredible pictures).

- (27:30): As the official photographer for Woodstock, Diltz had no clue the festival would grow so huge.

- (31:44): Richard Pryor provided a change of pace from the musicians Diltz is most associated with shooting. The two collaborated to create the cover for Pryor's debut comedy album, and the comedian grew into a much more political, controversial artist than Diltz recognized at the time.

- (36:00): Diltz shot Michael Jackson as an 11 year-old for the cover of Rolling Stone.

- (39:20): Diltz's success has come without any formal training whatsoever, an element he believes played a deep role in discovering his style.

- (45:00): Download technology like iTunes has made accessing music easier, but created a casualty in the art form of album covers.

ESPNLA On Air interview with Andy Bernstein

November, 8, 2010
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
It has been quite the literary showing for the K Brothers. On Oct. 29, vice president of business operations Jeanie Buss was kind enough to visit the Land O' Lakers PodKast and talk about her new novel "Laker Girl."

A week later, another author graces our studio. This time, it's NBA senior director of photos Andy Bernstein, whose new book "Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers" hits stands on Wednesday. It's a stunning photo journal of the 2010 season, featuring thoughtful captions by Jeanie's "Boobah," Phil Jackson. The pictures take fans way behind the scenes of the 2010 title defense, with access off-limits to most members of the media (including a certain pair of bloggers).

Lakers photographer Andy Bernstein talks about his years of experience covering the Lakers and his new book (with lots of great pictures) "Journey to the Ring."


Bernstein dropped by ESPNLA On Air this weekend to talk about the book, which I rightly described as the ultimate coffee table book for any Lakers fan. Bernstein talked about the process of chronicling an entire season, earning a team's trust and what constitutes great sports photography.

There's a terrific shot in the book of Kobe Bryant in Madison Square Garden's visiting locker room. Positioned like Rodin's "The Thinker," he's sitting before a game with his ankles submerged in a giant cooler of ice water. His problematic index finger? Bathing in a coffee cup filled with ice. The intensity in his face and body language leaps off the page. Bernstein described to us the process of capturing such a moment, along with his admiration for Bryant:

"That's a moment I have to be very, very discreet with. He's obviously in a very pensive moment, thinking about the game coming up. This is about two hours before game time in Madison Square Garden. He's trying to get a little private time in a very small locker room. It's the kind of thing where I see it out of the corner of my eye, I turn, maybe snap two shots of it, praying that he doesn't hear the shudder going off. Of course, I'm not using a flash.

"This picture says so much about Kobe, about how he was battling injuries at that time. It was the middle of the season. He's trying to make it back. They're on a long road trip. They had just lost [one] game on the road trip, if you remember. They have, like, four more, five more games in front of them. And he's hurting. He really is trying to get himself together mentally and physically.

"I just love that picture."

(FYI, we collaborated with Andy last season on a project where players commented on photos of themselves during the 2009 title run. For those who didn't see it, take a gander now. The shots and player commentary are pretty awesome.)

UPDATE: Henry Abbott at TrueHoop digs into the book as well, pulling out some of Phil Jackson's wisdom.



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