Mick Rock Talks Bowie, Kate Moss, & More

“Look at these two, they’ve got the tiger by the tail,” says Mick Rock as he passes by a photo of David Bowie and Mick Ronson wearing full regalia on the British Rail in 1979. The legendary rock photographer is walking through Sumo Gallery in Tribeca where his latest exhibition, “Exposed,” is on display until November 14. For the man who got his start capturing Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust ascent, this story is just one of many. He’s a Pandora’s Box of musical history—each story more intriguing than the last. He’s responsible for some of the genre’s most important rock-and-roll moments, including iconic album covers such as Queen II and Lou Reed’s Transformer. Listen to the man himself give the backstory on his amazing archive, and if you want to take a closer look, pick up the Exposed book which features all of the photos on display as well as a foreword by famed playwright Tom Stoppard.