© Guy Webster, undated, Jim Morrison

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
Jim Morrison

Guy Webster’s forty years in photography has spanned the worlds of film, music and politics.  As one of the innovators of rock and roll photography, Webster shot album covers and billboards for infamous groups such as The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Byrds to name a few. Celebrity magazine coverage has captured a variety of icons from Igor Stravinski to Michelle Pfeifer and political leaders including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Based in California, Webster continues with studio work, exhibiting in galleries worldwide. (+) Check out more amazing photos of Jim Morrison by Yale Joel here.

Today is the 41st anniversary of music legend Jim Morrison’s death. May his soul rest in peace.

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