Ken Settle is a Detroit-area photographer who has specialized in music photography for three decades. His photos have been published worldwide in magazines such as Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, the original Creem Magazine, People, Playboy, Guitar World, Japan's Player, France's Guitarist, and England's Kerrang!, as well as major newspapers like The Atlantic Journal-Constitution, The Boston Globe and Detroit's News and Free Press.
Numerous album and book projects have featured Ken's work, including Alligator Records 20th Anniversary CD, Grand Funk's live album, Bosnia, Tom Wheeler's book, The Stratocaster Chronicles and Martin Scorcese's companion book to the groundbreaking PBS documentary, The Blues. Ken's work has appeared widely in television production as well. VH1 has used his photos extensively in such shows as Behind the Music and Driven. Ken's performance stills were used for Tom Petty's television advertising for the Into the Great Wide Open album, as well as Bob Seger's video for his classic "Turn the Page." His photos have even appeared in the early 90's as set decoration for the television sitcom, Roseanne!
The Hard Rock Cafe has acquired 153 of his exhibition prints for its International collection and several of his images were exhibited in People Magazine's traveling exhibition, "Through the Years With People." Twenty of Ken's photos were chosen for inclusion in the Kodak Rock Photography Collection, touted as a collection of "500 of the greatest rock photos of the past 50 years."
A limited edition of 100 of one of Ken's more renowned Stevie Ray Vaughan prints was purchased by the Fender Musical Instrument Company, which has included one print in each of their 100 Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Series Stratocaster guitar packages, a prestigious, handmade reproduction of the legendary guitarist's favorite instrument.
1% of the profits from my work goes to support International League of Conservation Photographers.