The man behind some of the most celebrated pictures of the Who – the Rolling Stones and Etta James talks about documenting an era of music.
From Jim Morrison vomiting over his shoulder to Keith Moon handing him magic mushrooms – Michael Zagaris is not short on dinner-party anecdotes.
His work as a photojournalist documents a wild time in music history – one that makes today’s antics seem rather tame in comparison.
‘When I was shooting it was like I was in the band and that was really the reason I wanted to do it’ he says.
‘The camera for me was merely an entrée.
I wanted people to get the feel from the pictures that they were part of it and getting a musician’s eye view or an athlete’s eye view.
Much like a war photographer – it was about me personally having the experience and bearing witness as well as chronicling it that was paramount’.