"This exhibition lets the audience step back in time and re-live moments of rock and roll history," said Goldsmith. "It captures the feeling of what rock and roll was all about during the 1970s through the late 1990s."
The award-winning photographer has worked with many of the biggest names in music: The Rolling Stones, The Police, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Joey Ramone, Michael Jackson, Sid Vicious, Robert Plant, James Brown, Joe Strummer, Miles Davis, and on and on. Goldsmith's exhibition and the accompanying book, Rock & Roll: Lynn Goldsmith highlight her versatility as an artist who is equally skilled working in the studio, at live performances or behind-the-scenes for those moments that truly tell the stories of her legendary subjects.
Selecting just 50 images from her vast archive proved challenging. "It's hard after you have photographed someone over a long period of time to select one or two images that you feel show who that person or group is," explains Goldsmith.
She turned to Epson and Nash Editions, the renowned fine art printmaking studio, to help bring her body of work to life. Goldsmith needed one solution that would enable her to produce larger-than-life images as well as smaller prints in both black-and-white and in color. The answer was Epson's Stylus Pro 11880 inkjet printer, which can output photographs as large as 64-inches wide with never-before-seen quality at this size. The freedom of size and versatility gave Goldsmith the tools to display her own version of rock and roll history.
Among the highlights of the exhibiton are the mosaics of Gene Simmons, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Eddie Van Halen. Each 30-inch x 45-inch print comprises more than 2,000 images that Goldsmith individually photo composed instead of using an automated software process to create her iconic portraits of each rocker. Many at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were amazed at the sharpness and detail of the mosaics which came to life due in part to the Epson Stylus Pro 11880's TFP™ print head in combination with AccuPhoto™HD screening technology.
Epson's Advanced Black and White Mode, standard with all Stylus Pro printers, brought out the contrast, neutrality and subtlety of Goldsmith's hand-done rock mosaics.
Goldsmith was particularly excited to exhibit her 1988 studio portrait of the Frank Zappa Family, believing the image was especially suited to the large print capability of the Stylus Pro 11880. She posed the family in a wry living room setting with Zappa engaged in a fiery oratory.
"I always wanted people to share in how big that experience was and the scene comes alive with the big 60"x90" print we were able to display," said Goldsmith. "It's almost like entering their world. The quality of the print is incredible and the blues are amazing. I'm so pleased that the technology in the Epson Stylus Pro 11880 makes it possible for me to show this photograph like never before."
The Zappa print - as well as all of Goldsmith's Rock & Roll photographs - benefits from the ink droplet accuracy and astounding resolution of the Epson Stylus Pro 11880 as well as the incredible gamut of Ultrachrome K3™ with Vivid Magenta ink. For the first time deep blues and purples can be printed that could not be done in the past.
She chose the same 60"x90" format for a portrait of Keith Richards kneeling with his guitar. "I don't know anyone who doesn't love Keith Richards," said Goldsmith. "You see him and a smile comes across your face. To think you can make this bigger-than-life personality bigger than life-sized is very exciting."
"I have always trusted Epson," said Goldsmith. "There hasn't been anything comparable. I am someone who comes from the school of thinking that it is all about the print. That's been true since my darkroom days. There is no such thing as a photograph until there is a print."
Goldsmith hopes her Rock & Roll exhibit will transport viewers back to the days when listeners looked for secret messages in album covers while listening and connecting to the music. "These prints are a gift to the world with the quality and permanence I hoped would one day exist so that the makers of the music that rocked our world would visually live on."