HypeBeast interviews Dennis Morris: Bob Marley Photographer & Musical Viewfinder

August 04 2014 . 10:12pm

 

A mastermind behind a camera and a living legend within the music industry, Dennis Morris is a name that resonates beyond barriers of time and genre. An artist in every sense of the word, Morris uses the camera no differently to the way an artist uses a brush, creating and capturing moments in the industry that speak beyond the subject itself and are threaded with messages of social movement and emotion. A photography enthusiast since the age of eight, Morris’s career first kicked off when he skipped school to wait outside Bob Marley’s concert venue in hopes of capturing a shot or two, and within hours he had hopped on the bus as the tour’s photographer. What came next was a ride through the music industry, captured and documented through Morris’s lens as the young photographer worked with everyone from Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols, and eventually extended his creative reach from the camera to official album artwork and more. Peep below for our conversation with the man himself.

How important is visual art to music, and vice versa?

Visual art to music is vital! During the days of vinyl, the record sleeve was an art form. Most sleeves were used as a way of explaining the content of the album – i.e. title of the album.It was vital because back in the days when you went to a record shop, as you went through the racks, the sleeve was what first attracted you to a band/musician if you had never heard of them.

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The Seventh Letter presents a New Mural from Dabs And Myla on Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles CA

August 03 2014 . 02:04am

The Seventh Letter continues to bring culture to Fairfax Ave. and support artists with the new mural by DABS MYLA next to the  flagship store and gallery located at 346 N. Fairfax Ave. Go visit the finished mural and pick up their new book and Spy Optics x Dabs Myla x TSL goggles available now at the store!

Photos By Jon Lake

For more info and updates on the artists visit: www.dabsmyla.com

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DABS and MYLA release there newest book “MIDNIGHT FANTASY” now available at The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery

July 31 2014 . 04:40am

DABS MYLA: MIDNIGHT FANTASY is an eye-poppingly vibrant monograph that takes you inside the world of Dabs Myla, a collaborative duo that spends every waking moment conjuring joy with a brush and a spray can, inspired by their life as a married couple, their perpetual travel around the world, and the beautiful pandemonium of everyday experience.

With an introduction by street art historian Roger Gastman and an essay by Amanda Erlanson, and featuring 122 color plates, including many vivid photographs spanning the book’s entire 22-inch spread.
This sumptuous volume showcases an impeccably curated selection of Dabs Myla’s paintings, art objects, gallery installations and murals. Each turn of the page brings a fresh evocation of the unique blend of passion, playfulness and virtuosity that distinguishes the work of Dabs Myla as unparalleled in its field.

Published by www.zeropluspublishing.com
Now available on site at The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery
also online at TheSeventhLetter.com
To find out more about the artists visit www.dabsmyla.com

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Come celebrate with Huck Magazine on the release of their latest edition curated by Ed Templeton

July 25 2014 . 05:26am

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Come celebrate with Huck Magazine on the release of their latest edition curated by Ed Templeton at Arcana Books | August 2, 2014 | 4-6pm

Arcana: Books on the Arts
8675 Washington Boulevard
Culver City. CA. 90232

Huck 45, specially guest-edited by artist, photographer, skateboarder and chronicler of Southern California Ed Templeton, is a colourful cruise through the Tempster’s motley crew of creative friends, spawned from skateboarding and surfing cultures.

As well as an epic interview with Ed – in which skateboarding’s favourite expressionist reflects on his Huntington Beach history, artistic inspirations and the community of likeminded DIYers he surrounds himself with – The Ed Templeton Issue also features in-depth interviews and beautiful photoshoots with the likes of photographer Tobin Yelland, Hamburger Eyes publisher Ray Potes, painter Ashley Macomber and street-shooter collective The Deadbeat Club.

For more information visit: www.huckmagazine.com

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Photographer Dennis Morris Shares Iconic Images & Stories Of Bob Marley with Revolt Tv

July 25 2014 . 04:34am

Think of your favorite Bob Marley photograph. Now meet Dennis Morris, the man who probably took it. This week, the British photographer who spent years as the reggae icon’s official camera man — and dear friend — came to REVOLT Live to share some treasured images, and the powerful stories that accompany them.

Morris first met Marley as a fan, skipping school to attend Bob’s first UK show. The two met, and Bob waved him into the gig, conversing with young Dennis as he took photos. In a fairy tale twist, Marley asked Dennis to come along on the band’s tour. When asked what Marley saw in Dennis to invite him to photograph the shows based only on their chance encounter and conversation, Dennis says, “I think we had similar backgrounds, in terms of, I never knew my father, and neither did Bob. I was searching… We hit it off.”

To read the full article visit: revolt.tv

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