Gary Burden/Jenice Heo

Gary Burden

Gary Burden earned a degree in architectural design from U.C. Berkeley. After a disillusioning stint with an architectural firm, Burden designed a house for Mama Cass, who noted his visual orientation and suggested he try album covers. He created Joni Mitchell's Blue, as well as albums for The Byrds and The Mamas & The Papas. Burden hooked up with photographer Henry Diltz, who documented scenarios dreamed up by Burden such as Crosby, Stills and Nash's first album, The Doors' Morrison Hotel and the Eagles' Desperado. He moved into stage design for touring bands and television specials, and directed music videos. Burden also conceptualized and co-produced The Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Special. He has three Grammy nominations for best package of the year and two directing nominations for best video of the year. He is producing The Monkey Wrench as a feature film and continues designing music packages.

Photo: Henry Diltz / Pastel: Jenice Heo

Henry Diltz

As a founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Henry Diltz is as much at home as a musician on tour as he is as a visual historian of the last four decades of popular music. When MFQ disbanded, he embarked on his photographic career with an album cover for The Lovin’ Spoonful. Using environments to enhance his portraits, Diltz often works with art director Gary Burden, and together they have created over one hundred covers for such stellar artists as Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jimi Hendrix, Mama Cass, The Doors, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Garth Brooks. His low-key style has landed his shots in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Life. Diltz was also the official photographer for all Woodstock festivals. As a partner in Triptych Pictures, Diltz released the critically acclaimed documentary California Rock: Under the Covers as a DVD, VHS, CD-ROM and as a PBS national television special. In June 2002, Diltz and his partners Peter Blachley and Rick Horowitz opened the Diltz Blachley Archives Gallery in New York City, featuring Diltz’s best-known photographs.

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