Among the bands Diltz played with were the Modern Folk Quartet (later Quintet), who included Chip Douglas, Jerry Yester and Cyrus Faryar, released two albums in 1963/64 and were later produced by Phil Spector. They did numerous college concert tours and club engagements around the country in the 1960s.
While a member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz became interested in photography, met The Monkees, played on some of their recording sessions, and took numerous photographs of the band, many of which have been published. His work also attracted the eye of other musicians who needed publicity and album cover shots. He was the official photographer at Woodstock, and the Monterey and Miami Music Festivals, and has photographed over eighty record album covers.
In 1971 he and songwriter Jimmy Webb nearly died in a glider aircraft accident. Webb was piloting and Diltz was taking motion picture film from the rear seat. Both suffered significant injuries. The film did not survive.
Diltz contributed all the photographs to the 1978 book, 'California Rock, California Sound' which archived the Los Angeles music scene of the 70's chronicling artists like Crosby Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Dan Fogelberg and J.D. Souther. British writer, Anthony Fawcett, provided the brunt of the text.
Diltz is co-founder of the "Morrison Hotel" Galleries along with Peter Blachley and Rich Horowitz in SoHo New York City and in West Hollywood at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles California. The galleries specialize in fine-art Music photography, including his own works.
Diltz is still active, including a role as contributing photographer to The Henry Rollins Show. He was among the 43 photographers invited to donate a print to "FOCUS: an auction of the finest photography to benefit City Harvest...." The fund-raiser was on September 18, 2008 supported City Harvest, a food collection bank in New York City FOCUS.
Diltz lives in California.
It's almost impossible to illustrate a history of American music in the late Sixties and Seventies without Diltz's pictures. The archive in his bungalow in North Hollywood, California holds some 400,000 photographs, alphabetized from "A" (for America) to "Z" (for Zappa).
Diltz photographed the most enduring images of the 60's folk-rock stars who lived in LA's Laurel Canyon.
- Diltz's photography
- CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Memories & Visions of LA 1966-1975 The Photographs of Henry Diltz
- Henry Diltz at the Internet Movie Database
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