Friday, September 27, 2013

Photographer Tells Story Behind the Iconic Mick Jagger’s Tongue Photo


Mick Jagger’s photo with his arms behind his head, while his tongue is sticking out remains an iconic shot of the musician. Although it looks like it has been scripted, the truth could not be farther away, as the photographer has had to go through a series of challenges to capture the shot.

The photographer found out that the Rolling Stones will hold a concert in Kooyong, Australia but Crawley couldn't afford a ticket to the Stones concert, so he faked a press pass using the fictious media outlet "Blue Meanie Press," and then clawed his way to the front of the show, where he says it was "mayhem."

"And then I ran out of film," he recalls in the video uploaded by the ABC Open South West Victoria. "And so I bought a film from a guy next to me for 50 cents."

Just after loading the new roll of film, the crowd in front of Crawley suddenly parted, revealing a clear glimpse of Jagger in front of him.

"It was sort of like the parting of the Red Sea. And he looks straight at me with this famous famous image…with his hands behind his head and his tongue sticking out and, of course, the tongue became the logo. Amazingly, the shot was the last one on the reel. Click. The last shot on the reel and this was it."

The image was taken with a Minolta SR-T 101 camera. It was one of the best SLRs of its time and Richard Crawley still has it. See more of Crawley's work here.

(via Imaging Resource)

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