Rock photographer Michael Zagaris tells the stories behind his most famous shots

By Charlotte DeFazio

The man behind some of the most iconic 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 lacking in 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.”

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