Photographer of Doors album covers dies

Strange Days cover photography by Joel Brodsky, New York City.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY SUSAN VISAKOWITZ AND PUBLISHED BY REUTERS ON MARCH 9, 2007.

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Music photographer Joel Brodsky, whose sexy, shirtless images of Doors lead singer Jim Morrison have taken on iconic status, has died. He was 67.

He succumbed to an apparent heart attack at his home in Stamford, Conn., on March 1.

Brodsky shot more than 400 album covers throughout his career, including Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks,” Isaac Hayes’ “Black Moses” and Kiss’ self-titled 1974 debut. His images of the Doors graced the group’s first two albums, 1967’s “The Doors” and “Strange Days,” as well as 1969’s “The Soft Parade.”

Brodsky, born October 7, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y., followed his graduation from Syracuse University with service in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s.

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