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Rock/Fight: Inside the New Photography Exhibit

New show pairs rock & roll with classic boxing, wrestling photos

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©Theo Ehret/©Lynn Goldsmith - courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery.

For three decades, the late, unsung photographer Theo Ehret worked as the house cameraman at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in L.A., shooting boxing matches, professional wrestling and the weird underbelly of the fight game. Ehret died last year at age 92, but not before attracting an admiring group of fellow photographers. One of them, Timothy White – the celebrity photographer who got his start in major magazines with Rolling Stone – kept seeing parallels between Ehret's combative subjects and the posturing of classic rock & roll photography. 

"The bodies, the power, the grace," says White. "The ugliness and the beauty, and of course the vanity. There are so many words that fit these comparisons." A co-owner of the Morrison Hotel Gallery, he organized Rock/Fight, a new exhibit at Hollywood's Project Gallery featuring some of Ehret's photos paired with the work of rock photographers including Bob Gruen, Edward Colver and more. Henry Rollins hosts the opening party on Thursday, September 12th. Click through to see some of the exhibit's highlights.

By James Sullivan


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