Crowd wowed by rock & roll photos

By Greg Bennett

Bridgewater photographer Eric Hayes opened his show of late 1960s era rock & roll photos to an enthusiastic crowd in Liverpool last week. Hayes has photographed dozens of rock musicians in their heyday including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, George Harrison, The Who and The Rolling Stones.

His prints include unpublished treasures of Mick Jagger and Joe Cocker to name a few. His published works on display include two Rolling Stone Covers he shot more than 30 years ago. On Wednesday, Aug. 27, dozens of people filed into the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography to attend the opening of the show. Among the notables who attended was Sherman Hines, who was a classmate of Hayes' at the Brooks Institute of Photography.

"I hope people enjoy these photos as much as I have," said Hines. "It is a visual treat of the legends from the late 50s and 60s."

Hines said he admired Hayes' ability to capture the essence of a performer's emotion and expression on film.

During the opening Hayes spoke about the loss of hundreds of his photos from his travels in England. While bemoaning the loss of his negatives, Hayes said he decided to work with the remaining photos he had and be happy about it.

Hayes has been a photojournalist since he was a teenager in western Canada's Okanogan Valley, shooting pictures for the local newspaper in Kelowna. He left for India and England in the late 1960s to follow his dream and it was at this time he shot the images that are on display at the show.

After returning to Canada he built a photojournalism career that took him from the Toronto Star to the covers of many Canadian magazines. He has recently parlayed his photojournalism career into an art forum, which includes his series of rock and roll photos


The Sherman Hines Museum of Photography is located at 219 Main Street in Liverpool and Monday to Saturday from 10 to 5:30 p.m. The show will run until Sept. 20 at the museum.