• Jimi Hendrix
  • The Who
  • Janis Joplin
  • Mick Jagger
  • Italian image

Eric Hayes Photography

In 1968, as a curious 23-year-old photographer, I spent a year and a half in England, mainly London, backstage and in recording studios, documenting the lives and performances of musicians who have become some of the biggest names in Rock & Roll. That was just the beginning of my career. I returned to Canada in 1970 and since then have free-lanced for many magazines and newspapers, occasionally making their covers. I have an insatiable love of travel and foreign places that over the years has taken me to many iconic locales. More recently, I have been inspired to create portraits of my friends’ kids as they grow up. I invite you to browse the Rock & Roll photos and get introduced to my Travel, Fine Art, and Editorial collections below.

Legends of Rock and Roll photography

Legends of Rock & Roll

I wanted to be a musician, but found that my real talent lay in photography. How else would I have ended up in the recording studios of some of the biggest stars of all time? From 1967 thru 1969 I was the lucky one with the camera. 

Vatican Museum photos


I love to travel. I love the food, the culture, and the people of other countries, so bringing home iconic images of the amazing places I have visited is a real thrill. Some people go fishing for fish; I fish for photos.

Canadian Geographic Photography


In the 1980s and '90s I was a free-lancer for magazines such as Maclean's, Harrowsmith, Atlantic Insight, and many more. This gallery features those assignments that put my photographs on their covers.


For me, people are what make the world go round. A photograph can only record a single moment, but if you know your subjects and revisit regularly, then you have the added dimension of time. This is an ongoing study of young people coming of age.

In Their Own Skin

This exhibition will introduce you to the world of nude recreation, to a group of real people who are naturists, comfortable in their own skin, on vacation on a tall ship in the Caribbean. The ship and small islands with idyllic, deserted beaches provide the perfect backdrop for this return to the Garden of Eden.