COunt Basie 1978

The iconic photographs of Paul Natkin are on display at the Elmhurst Historical Museum May 31 – August 25, 2013 with the exhibit Shutter to Think: The Rock & Roll Lens of Paul Natkin. Paul Natkin is widely considered to be one of Chicago’s most accomplished music photographers. Starting in the early 1970s, Natkin traveled the world documenting signature moments of drama, excitement, and excess that propelled rock’s tumultuous history.

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Above: Count Basie at a taping of the PBS series Soundstage in Chicago - September 15, 1978 at WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago.

Eddie Vedder, Chicago Stadium 1994

Eddie Vedder performing with Pearl Jam at Chicago Stadium in March of 1994, one year later the stadium, former home of the Bulls and the Black Hawks was demolished.

Bob Marley 1976

Bob Marley on the Rastaman Vibraiton Tour in May of 1976, Auditorium Theater. 

John Lee Hooker

Bluesman John Lee Hooker at the Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights, Illinois. One of the last photographs taken of John Lee before his passing in 2001.

Natkin's astute eye and knack for capturing “the decisive moment” earned international acclaim and resulted in numerous magazine and album covers. Learn the stories behind many of Natkin’s photos of rock icons including Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Pearl Jam, The Who and many more. The exhibition is accompanied by a narrative written by award-winning Chicago Sun-Times writer Dave Hoekstra and interpretive video elements produced by Tribeca Flashpoint Academy. Experience engaging interactives including a Rolling Stone magazine photo op in the 2nd floor gallery and a spyglass for kids to discover hidden clues. 

For more information visit the Elmhurst Historical Museum (120 E. Park Ave.) in subrban Elmhurst or call (630) 833-1457.

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