From their limited edition book, Transformer, Lou Reed and Mick Rock selected six rare and unseen images, all of which hold personal and historical significance, to create a series of signed and stamped fine art prints.In studios, on streets, onstage and backstage, Mick's lens captures the different sides of Lou. The Transformer Series reveals Lou the performer, the New Yorker, the artist and the friend.
King's Cross Cinema, London: 14 July, 1972'This was your first show in Europe, other than the encore with David Bowie at Royal Festival Hall.' Mick Rock
King's Cross Cinema, London: 14 July, 1972'I went to visit Lou to look over the results of that night's shooting. He was especially interested in the black-and-white contact sheets and quickly zoned in on a certain frame. The minute Lou saw the print, he said, 'That's the cover.'' Mick Rock
King's Cross Cinema, London: 14 July, 1972'This has the same great look as the Transformer cover. Madame Tussauds wanted to base a waxwork of me on this photograph. I said, 'Can you make me a small one?' They said, 'It'll melt.' 'I have a refrigerator.' And they were like, 'Lou, please.'' Lou Reed
Great Newport Street Studio, London: Spring/Summer, 1975'I love the boots he was wearing. He had very shapely legs.' Mick Rock'
New York City: September, 1976.'On the streets of New York somewhere... I remember the winter of 1976, when I was in New York working on the Rock and Roll Heart tour. Lou said that he wanted to have a little chat, so asked if we could go for a walk. I can't remember what we talked about, but we walked about 60 blocks of New York in the snow!' Mick Rock
New York City: September 1976.'Lou rehearsing in New York. He let me capture these moments. It wasn't really an effort; a lot of it was very spontaneous.' Mick Rock
'I like Mick and I like what he photographs, so shooting with him was never a problem. All of these moments would have been gone for ever if it wasn't for Mick.' Lou Reed'I'm very happy that our relationship has weathered the slings and arrows and outrageous antics of the past 40 years.' Mick Rock
The Transformer Complete Collection was presented in full, showcasing the six images chose by Mick and Lou as a complete set.Series: 6 prints signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
Since 1974 Genesis has created signed limited edition books on behalf of authors and artists ranging from the Beatles to Buckingham Palace.
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