Michael Ochs Archive: The Dominant Force in the Rock Image Marketplace

The release of our Michael Ochs Archive celebrates his unique collection of photographs dating back to the 1960’s and up to the 1990’s. Born in 1943, Michael Ochs was best known for his pictures relating to rock and roll music.

Ochs began his career by collecting photos as a hobby and would allow his friends, including rock critics Lester Bangs and Dave Marsh, to use the photos for free to include visuals in their articles. Ochs’s career took a turn when the Los Angeles Free Press attributed one of his photos to the ‘Michael Ochs Archives’. This resulted in Michael receiving a cheque from Dick Clark after using some of his photographs on a television special. This was an unexpected outcome for Michael Ochs, and changed his life dramatically. 

“America’s preeminent rock ‘n’ roll photo archivist”

The Los Angeles Times referred to Michael as “America’s preeminent rock ‘n’ roll photo archivist”and described his collection as “the dominant force in the rock image marketplace”. His contribution to collecting images of the rock ‘n’ roll scene are not only considered legendary but they also provide great insight into the personalities and lifestyles of the artists captured on film.

FINEPRINT co’s release of the Michael Ochs Archive celebrates music, arts and culture with iconic images of household names in the entertainment industry such as Freddie Mercury, Aretha Franklin, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. Ochs provided his audience a glimpse into the influential music scene.

Michael Ochs has been interviewed by elite media outlets, including ‘N.Y Times’, ‘Rolling Stone’, ‘USA Today’ and the ‘Wall Street Journal’. He has also appeared on the ‘David Letterman Show’ and ‘Entertainment Tonight’. All wanting to hear his stories about a lifetime spent photographing music celebrities. From his extensive collection, Michael Ochs has produced six books including ‘Rock Archives’ and ‘Marilyn Monroe: From Beginning to End’.

Michael Ochs sold his archive to Getty Images in 2007 and as the Exclusive Partner to Getty Images in Australia and New Zealand, FINEPRINT co is excited to be releasing this collection!

Printed by Getty Images in London, this collection is sure to provide a nostalgic insight into decades of historic moments in arts and culture through the lens of one of the most highly regarded entertainment archivists of all time! The Michael Ochs Archives is now available only through FINEPPRINT co

September 03, 2020 — Boost Commerce Collaborator