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Rock Photographer Lynn Goldsmith Exhibits at Hall of Fame

October 2, 2007 1:47 PM ET

Legendary rock photographer Lynn Goldmith's current exhibition Rock and Roll: Lynn Goldsmith is up at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland through January 6th, 2008, but you don't have to hop a flight to check out some of the show's highlights: Click here to browse our gallery of shots from the exhibit, which includes bonus Goldsmith stories about Debbie Harry, the Eurythmics and more artists she has photographed across the globe. "If Debbie had not been successful as a recording artist, she would have been a star in being a makeup artist or fashion stylist," Goldsmith says, in reference to a photo of the punk icon from 1977. "Back in those days, artists did it themselves and she was the best one at it. She created looks that rock had never experienced before."

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