"Rasta comes to New York. When Bob Marley performed at the Academy of Music in 1974, the verdict was still out whether reggae would play big in the Big Apple. By the end of the show, Marley had conquered Manhattan. By the way, there must have been more ganja smoked that night in the Academy than any other in the history of that venerable venue."
–Richard E. Aaron
In a career that spans over three decades, Richard E. Aaron has shot still photography for a wide variety of media, ranging from feature films, television and video to corporate public relations, entertainment publicity and album covers.
Perhaps best known for his music photography, he was honored by Modern Photography Magazine as one of the "10 Best Rock Photographers" in the world, he has hundreds of album covers to his credit including "FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE," still the biggest selling double live LP. He shot the first photographic rock 'n' roll cover of Time magazine - Paul McCartney/Wings Over America. All told, his work has appeared in more than 45,000 magazines, newspapers and books worldwide.
His extensive work in music photography (4,000 musical artists photographed) includes, "Fleetwood: The Visitor in Africa" (RCA Records), a tour shot on location in Ghana West Africa. Similar projects for many top rock & roll groups around the world followed. He traveled through the People's Republic of China for several months, where he documented the first Western rock group to record an album and tour.
He graduated from the School of Visual Arts BFA (New York City) Alumnus of Brooks Institute with an Honorary Master's Degree awarded in 2008. (Brooks Santa Barbara, California).
Richard Aaron died in December, 2016.