For over three decades Lenny Kravitz has been staring out at the flashing lights of paparazzi and hysterical fans’ cameras, coolly hiding behind a pair of shades. But privately, Kravitz has been honing his longtime love of photography under the tutelage of photographer friends who have offered technical insight through the years. And in February, he released the first major collection of his own photographs taken on the road in between sold-out shows and appearances, in a book entitled “Flash” (TeNeues, Febuary 2015, $45).
Kravitz may very well be a Renaissance Man in his own right. A multi-instrumentalist who not only sings, produces and writes, but also plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, piano and sitar, Kravitz branched into acting in the first major role where he did not play himself in the Oscar-nominated film “Precious,” and has designed and launched his own interior design company and fashion collection. For Kravitz, the art of creating across multiple platforms has always been a part of his experience as an artist. His investment in and knowledge of various disciplines beyond music is deep, and only in recent years has he begun revealing these additional knowledge as opportunities present themselves.
In “Flash,” Kravitz turns the lens on his own voyeurs, but without the intention of being intrusive in the manner generally associated with paparazzi-style images. Instead, Kravitz’s photographs offer his playful way of saying to smiling, eager fans and paparazzi, “I see you, too.” This thrilling collection documents Kravitz’s world tours, offering a rare record of the nomadic musical life, as TeNeues describes the book. Anyone enthralled by the world of contemporary celebrity can satisfy their adrenaline rush of having a thousand little light bulbs flashing in their faces, putting them in the spotlight.