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For the week of December 11 - 17, 2002


Seelig photos selected for RockX-Posed Tour

Express Arts Editor

Five photographs by Idaho Mountain Express photographer David N. Seelig have been selected for inclusion in the Kodak Rock Photography Collection of the 500 greatest photographs in rock music history. The works will become part of a roving tour called the RockX-Posed Tour. The show opens Friday, Dec. 27, at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show will tour nine other cities over the course of two years. Then it will reside in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

David Seelig shot this photograph of Madonna during a 1989 concert. Photo by David N. Seelig


Over 130 international photographers have works in the collection. Seelig’s contribution comprises two photographs of Bruce Springsteen, one of Madonna, one of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickerson, and one of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings singing at the first Farm Aid Concert in 1985.

The Springsteen shots were taken at the beginning of the Born in the USA tour in 1985, including one of Springsteen hanging out in Washington Square Park in Manhattan. When Seelig lived in New York, he often shot photos in the park. One night Seelig said he saw the rock star sitting on the steps there and simply started talking to him. Springsteen told Seelig he used to hang out in the park and play his guitar in the days before he was famous.

Seelig caught Springsteen hanging out in New York’s Washington Square Park in 1985. Photo by David N. Seelig


The Madonna shot was taken in 1989 during an encore of an outdoor concert, Seelig said. He added that producers of big concerts like that generally limit photographers to taking photos during the first three songs of a concert. In this particular instance, a stagehand noticed Seelig taking photos and told him to stop shooting and to " ‘wait here’" while he went to get the boss. Seelig didn’t wait around.

What is particularly gratifying for Seelig about having his photographs selected for the show is that "many of the other photographers in the show were my heroes when I was a kid learning photography. These are guys like Jim Marshall, Bob Gruenig and Chuck Pullin."

Each photograph in the RockX-Posed Tour will be offered for sale to the public in limited edition prints of 500. The prints will be signed by the photographer or bear a deceased photographer’s estate/archive seal.


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