Chuck Pulin was born in New York City in 1941, where he died in 2010.
He is acknowledged now as the most on-the-spot photographer in the modern music
industry. He began his career in journalism at NBC News as a copy writer. His love
of music, and the live performance of it-jazz, blues, and folk, and most
especially rock and roll--led Chuck into clubs, theaters, and halls where live concerts were
being played. He began photographing the shows and then selling his photographs to
such publications as the Village Voice, Rolling Stone,
Circus, and Creem, among others.
He soon established a name for himself among concert promoters such as Bill Graham,
Ron Delsner, John Sher, Allan Pepper, and Howard Stein who invited him to the concerts and events
they presented in the New York area. When Bill Graham opened the
Fillmore East in 1970, he had a choice location reserved for Chuck to shoot any show he
chose, and gave him backstage access as well.
Among the artists photographed by Chuck were Elvis Presley, John Lennon , Bob Dylan,
Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, the Who,
George Harrison, Muddy Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, the Ramones, Allen
Ginsberg, the New York Dolls, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa,
Iggy Pop, Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elton John, Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, John
Lee Hooker and many others.
New York City in the late 60's and early 70's was the world's rock and roll mecca,
with locales like the Fillmore East, the Academy of Music, the Capitol Theater, Max's
Kansas City, Steve Paul's Scene, Ondine's, the Peppermint Lounge, the Mudd Club,
CBGB's, Studio 54 attracting a non-stop flow of musical stars and star-filled audiences.
When rock musicians visited New York, it was guaranteed that Chuck Pulin would be
photographing them. Chuck's photographs appeared in magazines, newspapers,
books, and on television programs; he also shot countless record albums and CD covers,
for artists like Miles Davis, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Simon and Garfunkel, the New Riders, Lynyrd Skynyrd,
and more. He became the unofficial house photographer of the legendary Bottom Line
nightclub at its opening in 1974 and covered every important show at the venue.
In 1980, Chuck joined Billboard magazine, the dominant "trade" publication in the music
industry, as staff photographer, and covered concerts, backstage and front-of stage,
and hundreds of private industry functions and parties. His association with Billboard
guaranteed him an all-access pass wherever he went. In addition to Billboard, Chuck's
photographs have appeared in Rolling Stone, Time, New York Magazine, Life, Vanity
Fair, Vogue, Newsweek, The New York Times, and hundreds of publications worldwide. Chuck also worked
for the major record companies- Columbia, RCA, Atlantic, Warner Brothers, Arista, as well as BMI and ASCAP.
In the mid-70's, Chuck met reggae giant, Bob Marley and the two became friends; as a
result traveled to Jamaica where he photographed Marley and reggae star Peter Tosh.
Chuck is remembered with respect, fondness and enthusiasm by many of his subjects.
In the early 80's, Chuck met guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the two forged a
friendship that lasted until Vaughan's untimely death in 1990. Chuck became Stevie's
personal photographer, and his photos of Stevie are unrivaled in their intimacy and
insight into the artistic soul of that great musician. The images are from jam sessions,
recording sessions, and personal backstage moments with Mick Jagger, David Bowie,
Jeff Beck and Greg Allman. Chuck's photos of the guitar superstar have been on CD
covers, DVD jackets, television shows, and in books and documentaries.
" I've known Chuck since my first visit to New York in 1970. He was
always a gentleman, and made me feel comfortable in all situations and I will miss him.
His wonderful photographs will live on!"
Jon Bon Jovi:
" Chuck was a pleasure to have around. He made the band all feel
comfortable, like family, and his photos were great!"
Stevie Ray Vaughan:
" Chuck is my friend, and a damn good photographer!"
"Chuck Pulin was New York's house photographer!"
Mary Chapin Carpenter:
"Chuck was a sweet and kind man. I appreciated his great