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Cooper, Michael (1941 - 1973)

In 1964, Michael Cooper met London art dealer, Robert Fraser and was introduced to leading figures in music, art and literature including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Cecil Beaton and Allen Ginsberg. Not only did the British photographer produce official portraits and photographies for covers such as The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, in 1967, did he manage to capture intimate moments of rock musicians in their natural environments, in particular thanks to his close friendship with Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg, chronicling what he considered ‘the triumphs, the tragedies and the tears’. Speculations suggest the film Blow-up was based on his life and not David Bailey’s but he nonetheless clearly left an imprint in film, recommending an adaptation of the book A Clockwork Orange to his friend, Stanley Kubrick after the British government had made clear it would not allow its adaptation. In 1973, caught in a spiral of depression and heroin addiction, Michael Cooper committed suicide, leaving a note to his son, Adam: ‘Don’t believe the court when they say that I killed myself when the balance of my mind was disturbed. I just live in a disturbed world, and, as the old poem says, "I hear the sound of a different drum."... I come from what your generation will call the 'Half and Halfs'. A generation that made a few changes, but had to experience too many other kinds of changes they had no control over, so some of us were bound to fall by the wayside. I'm one of those.’

Tags / Michael Cooper - British Photographer - Portrait - 1960s - Rock - Film
Michael Cooper, Andy Warhol, New York, 1967
Michael Cooper, Andy Warhol, New York, 1967
Michael Cooper, Anita performance mirror, 1968
Michael Cooper, Anita performance mirror, 1968
Michael Cooper, Audrey Hepburn Oscars, 1968
Michael Cooper, Audrey Hepburn Oscars, 1968
Michael Cooper, Brian and Keith, River Thames, 1968
Michael Cooper, Brian and Keith, River Thames, 1968
Michael Cooper, Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, Nicki Brown, John Paul Getty II, and Talitha Getty, Ireland, 1967
Michael Cooper, Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, Nicki Brown, John Paul Getty II, and Talitha Getty, Ireland, 1967
Michael Cooper, Brian of The Rolling Stones in studio, date unknown
Michael Cooper, Brian of The Rolling Stones in studio, date unknown
Michael Cooper, Charlie Watts on drums, 1969
Michael Cooper, Charlie Watts on drums, 1969
Michael Cooper, Chicago Peace, 1968
Michael Cooper, Chicago Peace, 1968
Michael Cooper, François Truffaut on the set of
Michael Cooper, François Truffaut on the set of "Fahrenheit 451", 1966
Michael Cooper, John Lennon, London, 1967
Michael Cooper, John Lennon, London, 1967
Michael Cooper, Julie Andrews, 1968
Michael Cooper, Julie Andrews, 1968
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards & Mick Jagger, 1967
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards & Mick Jagger, 1967
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg with their son Marlon in the south of France, 1971
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg with their son Marlon in the south of France, 1971
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards being shot by British photographer Cecil Beaton in Tangier, Morocco, 1967
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards being shot by British photographer Cecil Beaton in Tangier, Morocco, 1967
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards in studio, 1969
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards in studio, 1969
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards on a boat from London to Isle of Wright, 1967
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards on a boat from London to Isle of Wright, 1967
Michael Cooper, Magritte walking dog, 1967
Michael Cooper, Magritte walking dog, 1967
Michael Cooper, Marianne Faithfull, 1967
Michael Cooper, Marianne Faithfull, 1967
Michael Cooper, Mick jacket, 1966
Michael Cooper, Mick jacket, 1966
Michael Cooper, The Rolling Stones, 1967
Michael Cooper, The Rolling Stones, 1967
Michael Cooper, Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, Nicki Brown, John Paul Getty II, and Talitha Getty on LSD in Ireland, 1967
Michael Cooper, Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, Nicki Brown, John Paul Getty II, and Talitha Getty on LSD in Ireland, 1967
Michael Cooper, Keith, Sunrise in the desert, 1968
Michael Cooper, Keith, Sunrise in the desert, 1968
Michael Cooper, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull, 1967
Michael Cooper, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull, 1967
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards swimming, 1969
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards swimming, 1969
Michael Cooper, Mick Jagger in Morocco, 1967
Michael Cooper, Mick Jagger in Morocco, 1967
Michael Cooper, Mick Jagger playing with the photographer's son Adam, Oxfordshire, England, 1967
Michael Cooper, Mick Jagger playing with the photographer's son Adam, Oxfordshire, England, 1967
Michael Cooper, The Rolling Stones, 1968
Michael Cooper, The Rolling Stones, 1968
Michael Cooper, Magritte with Mask of Man Ray, 1967
Michael Cooper, Magritte with Mask of Man Ray, 1967
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards in studio, 1969
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards in studio, 1969
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards Reflection, 1969
Michael Cooper, Keith Richards Reflection, 1969
Michael Cooper, Magritte with the rose, Belgium, 1967
Michael Cooper, Magritte with the rose, Belgium, 1967
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