Dutch photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot (Brussels, 1945) started his career as a photographer of rock musicians in the late sixties. Back then, the rock scene was not quite the well-oiled machine it is today. Things still had to be invented: light installations, sound, promotion, organization, crowd control. This also applied to music journalism and photography. Almost every week, new groups were being discovered. Every single day, people were learning things and adapting them.
Hanekroot’s development as a photographer essentially ran parallel to developments in the music scene. He travelled frequently and came face to face with the music icons of that period. His photos can be divided into four categories: concert photos, studio photos, portraits and photos made at press conferences.
Gijsbert stopped being a professional photographer in 1983 and became an entrepreneur. A few years ago he began to digitize his archives. This led to the publication of Abba..Zappa Seventies Rock Photography (published in 2008) and exhibitions in a.o. Paris, London, Moscow, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
1994 Rock around the camera: 40 jaar popfotografie in Nederland. Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands, group exhibition
2005 Pophelden van de jaren zeventig. Newsphoto, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2009 Abba to Zappa, Seventies Rock Photography. Museum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, Netherlands
2012 MuziQ Seventies Rock Photography by Gijsbert Hanekroot, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 Rock- and documentary photography, Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2013 Abba..Zappa Seventies Rock Photography, Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russian Federation
2014 Pop Heroes and Rock Idols, from Abba to Zappa, Loft Project Etagi, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
2014 Gijsbert Hanekroot Seventies Rock Photography, De Kring Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014 From ABBA to ZAPPA, Kazan City Hall, Russian Federation
2015 January - March Gijsbert Hanekroot: Seventies Rock Photography, Blitz Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016 January - April Bowie by Hanekroot: Noorderlicht Photography, Groningen, Netherlands
London: Proud Galleries, 161 Kings Road, SW3 5XP email@example.com
Paris: La Galerie Stardust, 19 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth - 75003 Paris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Moscow: Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Bolotnaya Embankment, 3, email@example.com
Tokyo: Blitz Gallery, 6-20-29, Shimomeguro Meguro-Ku, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amsterdam: Eduard Planting Gallery, Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2 links, 1016 KS Amsterdam, email@example.com