Ethan Russell is an author and multi-Grammy nominated photographer and director. His new book AN AMERICAN STORY will be available soon.
In 1968 he was a young American with a Nikon camera living in London and aspiring to become a writer. Just a few years later he was regarded as one of the foremost rock photographers in the world, and the only photographer to have shot album covers of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, receiving a Grammy nomination for his work on The Who’s Quadrophenia.
While continuing to shoot artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Phil Everly, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, the Moody Blues, Cream,Traffic, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, John Hiatt, Rickie Lee Jones, Audioslave, and Rosanne Cash, Ethan extended his photographic work to include film and video in 1978, becoming one of the pioneers of music video. He produced and directed films with Leon Redbone, Rickie Lee Jones, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, kd lang, Rosanne Cash, Hank Williams, Jr. and Randy Travis. His video “There’s a Tear in My Beer” with Hank Williams Jr. garnered his second Grammy nomination. In the 1990’s, Ethan’s natural talent and technical savvy put him at the forefront of interactive media development, serving as a Creative Director to design desktop delivery of interactive video.
Ethan Russell remains engaged with all aspects of his career, including writing and producing in addition to photography. He lives in Marin, California with his wife, stepson, and son.