Photographer Behind KISS' Classic Debut Dies At Age 67

The Associated Press reports that Joel Brodsky, whose photography was featured on hundreds of music album covers, including the 1974 self-titled debut for the rock band KISS, has died at age 67, his daughter said.

Brodsky died March 1 in Stamford of a heart attack, his daughter, Jill Holt, said Saturday. He had moved to Connecticut about five years ago from New York City.

The "Kiss" album cover showed the group positioned against a black background in a pose visually reminiscent of THE BEATLES' "With the Beatles" album (drummer Peter Criss stated that this was the visual effect the band was looking for). Three of the four band members applied their own makeup for the album cover photo, as they usually did; but Peter Criss's makeup was applied by a professional whose work came out looking quite a bit different from the look Criss had established, and to which he would return immediately afterward.

According to Criss, photographer Joel Brodsky thought KISS were literally clowns, and wanted to place balloons behind the group for the shoot. Brodsky, however, has denied this, chalking it up to imagination.

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