Michael Putland began his career 50 years ago, photographing the faces that changed popular music in an era when popular music was changing everything else. Spanning five decades of musical heroes and genres, Michael’s unguarded portraits of off-duty performers capture some wonderfully candid moments: John Lennon sitting cross-legged in his socks, Paul McCartney laughing backstage with Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger sleeping on airplane at the end of the Rolling Stones’ European tour.

“It has been a fantastic ride through an incredible period of music history, which combined my two great loves … music and photography. Little did I appreciate, when my Uncle Alan encouraged my photography back in the 1950s, that this would lead me to photographing nearly all my heroes … and thrilled to be still finding new ones. A great never ending journey.” Michael Putland