Jay Blakesberg
Rock & Roll Photography
Images: 1978 – 2017

This exhibit presents many of his iconic photographs taken on and off stage over the last 40 years. The exhibit features photographs of The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Radiohead, REM, The Rolling Stones and many more.

Opening Reception: November 9, 2017 // 5:30pm – 9PM

Dates: November 9, 2017 – January 6, 2017


  • MAIN EXHIBIT/RECEPTION: Harvey Milk Photo Center (50 Scott Street, SF)
  • SECONDARY LOCATION: McLaren Lodge (501 Stanyan Street, SF)


  • Dave Christensen, Director of the Harvey Milk Photo Center

Curator’s Statement

In 1978, at age 16 Jay Blakesberg’s father loaned him a Pentax camera to take pictures at a Grateful Dead concert in his homestate of NJ. That was the beginning of a 40-year adventure photographing the rock and roll experience.

His first paid assignment came in September 1979 when the Aquarian Weekly paid Jay $15 to run two photographs in the free weekly. In November 1987, Jay landed his first assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine to photograph a free U2 concert in downtown San Francisco.

Please also visit a selection of Rock & Roll photographs taken by Jay Blakesberg in Golden Gate Park, on display at the McLaren Lodge.



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Page Photo Credits: Jay Blakesberg.

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Operation Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 3pm-10pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

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Gallery Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 3pm-9:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-5:30pm
Sunday: 11am-5:30pm