The stories behind Mick Rock’s five greatest shots

This classic image of the four members of Queen in a diamond formation is probably best known from the music video for Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975. But that scene was a recreation of the cover of the Queen II album from the previous year, shot by Rock. The band, who were not particularly famous at the time, had wanted an image that grabbed people’s attention. “They realised that if you could catch people’s eyes then you could get them interested in the music,” Rock said. Queen’s Brian May said today that he was “sad and shocked” to learn of Rock’s death. Of the photo, May said: “The Marlene Dietrich-style lighting applied to the four of us (only ONE light source above for the whole group, gave us an enduring image.” The diamond set-up was also recreated in Queen’s video for One Vision in 1985.

Debbie Harry, New York, 1978

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