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A founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz is as much at home as a musician on tour as he is as visual historian of the last three decades of popular music. Despite his lack of formal training, Diltz easily submerged himself in the world of music: the road, the gigs, the humor, the social consciousness, the psychedelia, and the down times.
Rather than running with the high-powered paparazzi wolf pack to bag the ultimate celebrity photo, Diltz amiably fit in with his subjects, often cronies and colleagues. His low-key style has landed his shots in Billboard, Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, and The Los Angeles Times, to name a few. His photo of Paul and Linda McCartney for the cover of Life magazine captured the couple at ease in Malibu.
Using environments to enhance his portraits, Diltz often works with art director Gary Burden. The classic Crosby, Stills and Nash debut album photo – not glam, but down home – captured the tone of 1969: three talented buys relaxing on a funky couch on the porch of an old clapboard house.
Diltz has shot more than 100 album covers and photographed such stellar artists as Hendrix, Mama Cass, the Doors, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, the Eagles, Garth Brooks, and more.