Henry Diltz
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Henry Diltz

Henry Diltz
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Henry Stanford Diltz

(1938-09-06) September 6, 1938 (age 80)
Known forMusic photography

Henry Stanford Diltz (born September 6, 1938, in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American folk musician and photographer who has been active since the 1960s.[1]


Among the bands Diltz played with was the Modern Folk Quartet. While a member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz became interested in photography, met The Monkees, played on some of their recording sessions, and took numerous photographs of the band, many of which have been published. His work also attracted the eye of other musicians who needed publicity and album cover photos. He was the official photographer at Woodstock, and the Monterey and Miami Music Festivals, and has photographed over 200 record album covers.[]

Diltz photographed 1960s folk-rock stars who lived in Los Angeles's Laurel Canyon.[2] During that time, Laurel Canyon was a center of American music.[3] Many rising stars were drawn to Laurel Canyon, a laid-back neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills.[4] "There was a sense of brotherhood in all of this - in the music scene, in Laurel Canyon, certainly at Woodstock. But all the people I photographed: I love their music."[4]

Photo of The Doors by Henry Diltz used on the cover of Morrison Hotel

In 1971 he and songwriter Jimmy Webb nearly died in a glider aircraft accident. Webb was piloting and Diltz was taking motion picture film from the rear seat. Both suffered significant injuries. The film did not survive.[]

Diltz contributed all the photographs to the 1978 book California Rock, California Sound, which archived the Los Angeles music scene of the 1970s. British writer Anthony Fawcett provided the bulk of the text. He also has a book titled, California Dreaming, from Genesis Publications UK.[5] The self-published Unpainted Faces book of black and white photographs was released through Morrison Hotel Gallery.[6]

Diltz is co-founder along with Peter Blachley and Rich Horowitz of the Morrison Hotel Gallery[7] in SoHo, New York City, and in West Hollywood. The galleries specialize in fine-art music photography, including his own works.[8]

Diltz is still active, including a role as contributing photographer to The Henry Rollins Show. He was among the 43 photographers invited to donate a print to "FOCUS: an auction of the finest photography to benefit City Harvest...." The fund-raiser was on September 18, 2008, supported City Harvest, a food collection bank in New York City.[9]

Personal life

He has two children (Zoe Diltz Pratt and Nicholas Harrison Diltz) with Elizabeth Joy Grand Diltz.[]

Diltz lives in California. The archive in his bungalow in North Hollywood, California, holds some 800,000 photographs, alphabetized from "A" (for America) to "Z" (for Zappa).[]


  1. ^ "Iconic Images From Rock And Roll Photographer Henry Diltz". www.WBUR.org. April 23, 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (May 25, 2013). "Henry Diltz:caught in the Canyon". TheGuardian. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Mason, Anthony. "Capturing an era of rock nobility on film". CBS Interactive Inc. CBS News. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lachno, James (April 7, 2014). "Henry Diltz Q & A: the story of Laurel Canyon and LA folk". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "CALIFORNIA DREAMING - Photographs by Henry Diltz -". Genesis Publications. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Morrison Hotel Gallery - Unpainted Faces - Henry Diltz (Soft Cover)". MorrisonHotelGallery.com. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Morrison Hotel Gallery". www.MorrisonHotelGallery.com. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Henry Diltz Photography - Rock N Roll Photographer". MorrisonHotelGallery.com. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ FOCUS[permanent dead link]

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