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See Intimate Neil Young Photos From Buffalo Springfield Days to Present

View career-spanning images of singer-songwriter from Morrison Hotel Gallery show “Long May You Run: A Neil Young Retrospective”

See intimate portraits and candid images of Neil Young from the Sixties through the present.

Joel Bernstein/Morrison Hotel Gallery

For decades, Neil Young has served as muse and subject for some of rock's most legendary photographers. "Long May You Run: A Neil Young Retrospective," an exhibition on view at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery through December 26th – and opening at the gallery's Maui location on January 13th – features images of the singer-songwriter stretching from the Buffalo Springfield days up through his recent performances with current live band Promise of the Real, as captured by Julie Gardner, Joel Bernstein, Henry Diltz and Danny Clinch. Below see a selection of images from the show, with commentary from the respective photographers.

Danny Clinch/Morrison Gallery Hotel

Redwood, CA 2007

Clinch: "Mirrors picture was also taken at the Fox Theater during rehearsals. One thing I was asked to do was document the behind-the-scenes stuff for the website or a tour book. They put aside a little bit of time for me to take some portraits of Neil and knowing he's not the kind of guy who likes to take direction about where to look or how to stand in a photograph, I spent some time wandering around and scouting out a cool location in the theater that I knew would make a cool photo. I found these cool, Art Deco circular windows and with the way the light was coming through them, I knew it was a pretty cool spot for an individual shot of Neil."

Julie Gardner/Morrison Hotel Gallery

Neil in Silhouette

Gardner: "What I love about the pictures I took of Neil like this, his silhouettes, is that they are so intimate. Neil is obviously performing here in front of a crowd of thousands of people. But from the angle I took this photo, which was onstage behind him while he was performing, you can really just see Neil – the person, a lone figure, with his guitar, making music."

Julie Gardner/Morrison Hotel Gallery

Neil Breaks Through

Gardner: "My shot from Philadelphia in 2010 was part of the Neil Young and Crazy Horse tour around the east coast of America. For these Crazy Horse tours Neil had huge sets on stage as you can see, (the "Fender amps" behind Neil). Inside these sets were the actual guitar amps. What you can see here is Neil with his hand inside a slot on the "set amp" and playing with his real amp inside to get maximum feedback on his guitar. Neil is so intensely into the moment and his music. (In Australia, when Neil was touring with Crazy Horse in 2013 – I took some pictures of Neil playing piano from inside these amp sets.)"

Julie Gardner/Morrison Hotel Gallery

Lost in the Moment With Promise of the Real

Gardner: "This picture is just so 'Neil.' Even though he is onstage with the band (Promise of the Real), this shot feels quite intimate. Neil is so completely and so intensely focused.

"Neil moves from intensely, almost 'private' moments on stage where he is completely one with his music to times where he is interacting with the band, to moments where he is connecting with the audience. His shows are a dance like this – in and out of intense, private moments to sharing and lightness."

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