Brad Elterman is a professional photographer from California, who started his incredible career at the age of 16 when his first image was published. It was a photo of Bob Dylan in concert in 1974 and it was his ticket to the backstage of the rock 'n' roll world.

The artist focused on candid moments of celebrities. "I wasn't a traditional rock 'n' roll photographer because I didn't give a shit about taking a photograph of someone holding a guitar," he told vice. That's what all the other photographers at the time were doing, and I wasn't interested in those generic concert pictures. I photographed backstage—those were the really exciting pictures that told a story; those were the images that the magazines were craving."

Now, 40 years later, Brad Elterman is still an incredibly popular photographer whose style has not changed much. "It hasn't changed at all. Most of the editors today tell me not to change anything and shoot it just like I was back there in 1977 with Joan Jett."

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#1

David Bowie, 1975

David Bowie, 1975

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Chicago Kitty
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2 years ago

The guy in the background looks like Peter Brady = )

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#2

Freddy Mercury

Freddy Mercury

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

LOVE!!!

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#3

Chuck Berry And Michael Jackson, 1979

Chuck Berry And Michael Jackson, 1979

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robbie2499
Community Member
2 years ago

Look how handsome MJ was! He's a great example of one "not comfortable in their own skin". Tragic.

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#4

Olivia Newton John And John Travolta, 1978

Olivia Newton John And John Travolta, 1978

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Sierra Batten
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2 years ago

That dress <3!!

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#5

Alice Cooper & Vincent Price, 1978

Alice Cooper & Vincent Price, 1978

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Holly Hofmann
Community Member
2 years ago

Would love to hear that conversation

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#6

Joan Jett, 1977

Joan Jett, 1977

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Alib
Community Member
2 years ago

16 years old and as cool as it gets

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#7

Michael And Liza, 1980

Michael And Liza, 1980

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Desi Platias
Community Member
2 years ago

most beautiful smile!

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#8

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, 1978

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, 1978

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh god at first i read it like her name was "Olivia Grease Party" haha

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#9

The Ramones, 1978

The Ramones, 1978

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Emmer
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2 years ago

Lol. i see people dressing the same way nowadays

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#10

Joan Jett And Jackie Fox, 1977

Joan Jett And Jackie Fox, 1977

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John Doe
Community Member
2 years ago

Real Rock n Roll chicks!

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#11

Gene Simmons And Brooke Shields, 1978

Gene Simmons And Brooke Shields, 1978

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Black Dahlia
Community Member
2 years ago

The beast and the beauty.

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#12

Joan Jett, 1977

Joan Jett, 1977

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Cherie O
Community Member
2 years ago

Loving the platform boots.

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#13

Madonna, 1982

Madonna, 1982

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Apollo
Community Member
2 years ago

A much more interesting shot than what the guys in front of her get.

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#14

Michael Jackson, 1978

Michael Jackson, 1978

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Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

Handsome man

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#15

Debbie Harry, 1977

Debbie Harry, 1977

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Tui Babbington
Community Member
2 years ago

Stunning!

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#16

Sid Vicious, 1978

Sid Vicious, 1978

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Angelika
Community Member
2 years ago

The plasters on his arm...

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#17

Duran, 1982

Duran, 1982

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
2 years ago

The name of the band is Duran Duran.

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#18

John Travolta, 1978

John Travolta, 1978

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

So sad he is a Scientologist. They are so brainwashed. It's a horrible cult

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#19

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

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Alib
Community Member
2 years ago

One of my heroes growing up!

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#20

Ringo, John Lennon And Yoko, 1976

Ringo, John Lennon And Yoko, 1976

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Missy Finley
Community Member
2 years ago

Cannot stand Yoko, and I'm sorry but John Lennon was a pretentious prick. Sorry, but it's the truth.

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#21

Frank Sinatra, 1980

Frank Sinatra, 1980

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Janina Prado
Community Member
2 years ago

he looks really good here

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#22

Iggy "No Photos" Pop, 1980

Iggy "No Photos" Pop, 1980

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DannyG
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like a hand puppet :D

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#23

Abba

Abba

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Desi Platias
Community Member
2 years ago

there was something in the air that night!

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#24

Joan Jett, 1977

Joan Jett, 1977

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Fire Bird
Community Member
2 years ago

Lots of Joan Jett pics.

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#25

Joan Jett, 1977

Joan Jett, 1977

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Amina Hays
Community Member
2 years ago

Now that's what I call a sandwich!

#26

Robert Plant, 1978

Robert Plant, 1978

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

I know he has a whole lotta love, but oh my

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#27

Paul Mccartney

Paul Mccartney

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Lorenzo Zerial
Community Member
2 years ago

35 years old circa

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#28

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

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Emelie
Community Member
2 years ago

beauty!

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#29

Peter Frampton, 1978

Peter Frampton, 1978

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Desi Platias
Community Member
2 years ago

used to be in love with him when I was a teenager

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#30

Joan Jett, 1977

Joan Jett, 1977

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Desi Platias
Community Member
2 years ago

radical chick

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#31

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry

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Sabal Minor
Community Member
2 years ago

I love my Deborah Harry! Gorgeous, fun, and can sing like a mofo! Small tidbit fact: she popularized rap music on her mid 80s album with Blondie. I hated it then and I hate (rap

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#32

Matt Dillon, 1980

Matt Dillon, 1980

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Robyn Denton
Community Member
2 years ago

THAT HAIR!

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#33

Adam Ant, 1978

Adam Ant, 1978

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Cherie O
Community Member
2 years ago

What a total cutie. Had a crush on him along with Duran Duran...

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#34

Tom, Todd & Bebe, 1978

Tom, Todd & Bebe, 1978

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Elaine Sokolov
Community Member
2 years ago

RIP Tom Petty. We love you! <3

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#35

The Ramones, 1978

The Ramones, 1978

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Robyn Denton
Community Member
2 years ago

Grunge and midriff tops are a weird combination

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#36

Michael With Tatum, 1982

Michael With Tatum, 1982

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Alib
Community Member
2 years ago

Happier times for both of them...

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#37

Paul Stanley From Kiss, 1978

Paul Stanley From Kiss, 1978

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Desi Platias
Community Member
2 years ago

he had a super hairy ......everything!!!!!!!

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#38

John Taylor, 1981

John Taylor, 1981

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Cherie O
Community Member
2 years ago

Major crush on him when I was in middle school

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#39

Bob Dylan, 1976

Bob Dylan, 1976

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
2 years ago

AND ROBERT DE NIRO!

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#40

Cherie Currie And Secret Twin Sister, 1978

Cherie Currie And Secret Twin Sister, 1978

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
2 years ago

Her twin sister Marie Curry. No secret at all.

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#41

Leif Garrett, 1980

Leif Garrett, 1980

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

Wooooow that woman is GORGEOUS!

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#42

Bob Dylan, 1976

Bob Dylan, 1976

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Greg T
Community Member
2 years ago

Bob Dylan was young once???

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#43

Cherie Currie Of The Runaways, 1977

Cherie Currie Of The Runaways, 1977

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Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
2 years ago

just listening to Bowie while looking at the pics

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#44

Christiane F. 1978

Christiane F. 1978

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Sabrina Huber
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sorry... who??

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#45

Carly Simon And Husband James Taylor

Carly Simon And Husband James Taylor

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Sabal Minor
Community Member
2 years ago

Never realized she was from the wealthy publishing company of Simon & Shutter fame until just a few years ago! She is and was a diva probably way too sophisticated for ol' James. He was cool but his music was so mellow it put me to sleep! Still admire the fuck out of them! Cheers!

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#46

David Byrne Of The Talking Heads Ucla, 1976

David Byrne Of The Talking Heads Ucla, 1976

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Black Dahlia
Community Member
2 years ago

LOOK AT THAT NECK.

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#47

Runaways, 1978

Runaways, 1978

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#48

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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John Doe
Community Member
2 years ago

A real prince.

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#49

Joan Jett, 1977

Joan Jett, 1977

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#50

Steve Jones, 1978

Steve Jones, 1978

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Janina Prado
Community Member
2 years ago

interesting to see him without all his punk clothes.

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#51

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor soul

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#52

Lita For Of The Runaways, 1978

Lita For Of The Runaways, 1978

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Natalie Binebrink-Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

Those heels!

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#53

Debbie Harry, 1978

Debbie Harry, 1978

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#54

Ryan & Farrah, 1980

Ryan & Farrah, 1980

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Cherie O
Community Member
2 years ago

and Ryan's kids....

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#55

Joan Jett, 1977

Joan Jett, 1977

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Paul Lund
Community Member
2 years ago

She looks like Noel feilding

#56

The Runaways, 1979

The Runaways, 1979

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
2 years ago

That's Lief Garrett

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#57

Joey Ramone, 1979

Joey Ramone, 1979

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TC
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that a wee wee... ?

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#58

Valley Chicks, 1977

Valley Chicks, 1977

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
2 years ago

Those are the Runaways, with Cherie's twin sister

#59

Bob Dylan, 1974

Bob Dylan, 1974

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#60

Cherrie Currie, 1977

Cherrie Currie, 1977

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Alib
Community Member
2 years ago

He spent a lot of time with the Runaways!

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#61

Mark Mothersbaugh, 1980

Mark Mothersbaugh, 1980

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Rebekah
Community Member
2 years ago

What... what is happening here? Keep your quilted, shiny pants on, goldnipplelady.

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#62

Rod Stewart, 1976

Rod Stewart, 1976

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#63

Cherie Currie, 1977

Cherie Currie, 1977

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Tui Babbington
Community Member
2 years ago

Love the Marie Currie tagged on the bottom of the poster (was she the secret twin by this time???)...

#64

Joan Jett, 1977

Joan Jett, 1977

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Robert Maybeth
Community Member
1 year ago

Perhaps there could be TOO many photos of someone like Joan Jett

#65

Nina Hagen

Nina Hagen

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

where's Copen... because... Copen... Hagen... got it?... (blush in shame)

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#66

Cherie And Her Twin, 1977

Cherie And Her Twin, 1977

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#67

Mark Mothersbaugh, 1980

Mark Mothersbaugh, 1980

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Robyn Denton
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, thank God he's got pants on this time!

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#68

Runaways, 1976

Runaways, 1976

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Robert Maybeth
Community Member
1 year ago

Why are there so many photos of these broads, I literally never heard a runaways song and i grew up in the 70's FFS, i didn't live underground either. I'm candid.

#69

Duran, 1982

Duran, 1982

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
2 years ago

Again: Duran Duran.

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#70

Kim Fowley

Kim Fowley

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Tui Babbington
Community Member
2 years ago

They would and could still kick Spice Girl arse!!...

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