Revered for his images of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Who and Metallica, Halfin shares how he traded a formal art school education as a painter for a camera and the road of rock n roll.
The latest episode of the Gibson TV original series, Through the Lens, frames the unparalleled career of pioneering rock photographer Ross Halfin whose body of work includes definitive images of icons like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Who, Metallica and many more.
The retrospective feature shows Halfin recalling the very instance he knew he would pursue rock music and photography as his calling.
Studying at the prestigious Wimbledon School of Art in London. Halfin initially wanted to become a more traditinoal artist and explore his talents as a painter. Halfin would eventually pick up a Pentax Spotmatic camera and ultimately discovered a new vehicle for his artistry in photography.
While still in classes at Wimbledon, Halfin was confronted by an instructor that gave the student a bit of an ultimatum. The budding artist was over the moon for Pete Townsend and The Who and had tickets to the see the band live. His instructor framed a fork in the road for Halfin with regards to his focus and dedication to his studies – “illustration class or some silly pop group”.
It was right then and there that Halfin opted to skip the pomp and circumstance of art school arrogance and delve into the world of rock armed his camera. Halfin shares his formative start as a punk documentarian for Sounds Magazine and how his career eventually segued to his founding of alternative culture authority, Kerrang! Magazine.
Halfin’s work was also a big part of the recent 30th anniversary celebration of Metallica’s seminal Black Album. Publishing The Black Album In Black & White, Ross offered a comprehensive look at the Black Album era of Metallica spanning from the recording process to the subsequent world tour that propelled the band to a new stratosphere of stardom.
Watch and share the new episode of ‘Through The Lens’ via Gibson TV featuring Ross Halfin below.