Beyond Vinyl: Kamin photo collection for sale

by Peter Lindblad — Philip Kamin has gained a reputation as one of the world’s finest rock photographers. But his first day on the job covering a Genesis tour in the late ’70s didn’t go so well.
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Photographer Phillip Kamin calls this photo of Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones his favorite image from all his years of shooting concerts. (The Phillip Kamin Collection)

Photographer Phillip Kamin calls this photo of Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones his favorite image from all his years of shooting concerts. (The Phillip Kamin Collection)

by Peter Lindblad

Your chance to purchase amazing images of some of rock ’n’ roll’s most incredible performers is coming.

A generous selection of the 15,000-plus negatives and slides in the collection of noted music photographer Philip Kamin are being auctioned off in Legendary Auctions’ February Premium sale of high-end Sports and Americana Collectibles. Phone and internet bidding will begin on Monday, Feb. 15, and it concludes Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

For more information regarding the Phil Kamin Collection or to pre-register to bid in the February auction, call Legendary Auctions at 708-889-9380 or go to

“The Beatles are really represented well, [with] The Beatles at Shea Stadium,” says Kamin. “There are photos of [Eric] Clapton with The Yardbirds, about 10 of them. And there are candids of Jeff Beck with The Yardbirds. They encompass the entire rock mainstream.”

Those Beatles photos Kamin mentioned are probably the rarest in his collection. They were taken by Marc Weinstein.

What’s unique about this sale is that each original photograph will be sold with its copyrights. Furthermore, these photos were never sold to newspapers, magazines or photo agencies. Kamin only sold his photos to the bands he toured with, the band’s manager, their public relations firms, record companies, or the band’s merchandisers.

For buyers, that means that substantially all of these photographs represent unique slides and negatives and their original rights have remained in Kamin’s possession for decades.

Doug Allen, president and CEO of Legendary Auctions, says, “These photographs represent exactly the type of material that our collectors want. High-quality items that are fresh to the hobby are always in demand, and with the added bonus of the rights being sold with the images, it just makes them that much more desirable.”

Along with The Beatles’ Shea Stadium images are early Fab Four photos from 1963-64; early Jimi Hendrix images; photos of The Who with Keith Moon; Led Zeppelin with Jimmy Page; The Rolling Stones with Brian Jones; Queen and Freddie Mercury; Pink Floyd; Deep Purple; Bob Dylan; and photos from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller Tour.”

Contemporary acts, like Madonna and Sting, are also included, as are a large selection of Elvis Presley images from throughout his career.

Kamin’s career as a rock photographer began in 1978. He soon gained notice for his stunning imagery, landing a job as tour photographer for Genesis.

“I got some great drumming shots with Phil [Collins],” says Kamin. Word spread quickly of his abilities, and he quickly became one of the biggest shutterbugs in the U.K. Two performers he loved shooting were Mick Jagger and Peter Gabriel.

“They were just so expressive and explosive on stage,” says Kamin.

Over time, Kamin also became a collector of music photography and their copyrights — hence, the Beatles and Elvis images.

“Now, I’m sharing them with others to enjoy,” says Kamin.


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