The Brooklyn-born illusionist is an avid enthusiast of innovators and risk-takers in all the arts. So, curating his selection of favorite images from Rock Paper Photo's online collections, David drew inspiration from photographs depicting dazzling showmen like Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and Muhammed Ali, and iconoclasts from Jim Morrison to the Beastie Boys. Much like him, each of these artists knows how to stop a crowd dead in its tracks.
when she took this shot in 1973
while the pair was crashing
at Lou Adler's house in Bel Air.
May had been John and Yoko’s personal
assistant. John famously called their
18-month affair his “lost weekend.”
in 1979, photographer Brad Elterman vividly recalls
seeing the entire crowd stand on its feet to honor
the champion with a standing ovation.
“It was truly a moving experience.
I stood nearby for as long as I could to get this shot.
It was not easy with all the security guards around, but
nothing was going to stop me from getting this photo,”
says the photographer.
shot the Jackson 5 for “Rock &
Soul” magazine in the early 70s.
He describes Michael Jackson
from that time as “a quiet,
unassuming young man.”
in San Francisco since legendary concert pro-
moter Bill Graham took the young photographer
under his wing in the early 70s. He photographed
Graham with Francis Ford Coppola
and Marlon Brando there in 1975.
shot in New York City in the late
80s, says he and Big Daddy Kane
share a taste for Macanudos.
press interview at a LA restaurant in
1969. Photographer Andrew Kent says
this might have been one of the last
photos taken of Morrison.
‘Doggystyle,' he wanted to create an image with the
California 187 highway sign in the background,”
says photographer Chi Modu. “In Los Angeles police
code, 187 is the code for murder.”