Few rock & roll photographers have “captured the moment” as consistently as Bob Gruen. With a career stretching back to the 1960s, the New York-based chronicler's massive portfolio includes many uber-iconic images: John Lennon flashing the peace sign in front of the Statue of Liberty; Sid Vicious shoving a hot dog in his maw; Debbie Harry sexily sauntering on Coney Island; the Clash's Paul Simonon grimace-pouting in full bass attack mode; the Led Zeppelin lads posing in front of the wing of their private jetliner; Tina Turner shakin' it in full-frenzied gyration. Gruen not only covered the scene at CBGB, Max's Kansas City and elsewhere, but he was also part of it, becoming friends with many of his “subjects,” which often resulted in candid comfort levels in front of his lens. The documentarian is coming to town to promote his new coffee-table monograph, Rock Seen (Abrams Books), and companion Fahey/Klein gallery show. The sumptuous tome features hundreds of Gruen's photos, from black-and-white portraits and expressionistic, lightning-in-a-bottle concert shots to several two-page collage spreads, each including dozens of snapshots that have you paging back to the index to identify the faces. Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.; Tues.-Sat., thru Jan. 14. faheykleingallery.com.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Dec. 1. Continues through Jan. 14, 2011

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