Remembering notable local rock music photographer Dee Lippingwell

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      Well-known concert photographer Dee Lippingwell died last week (May 9) after a cancer diagnosis earlier this year. She was 78.

      Lippingwell, who once photographed for the Straight, among other publications, spent over five decades capturing some of the world’s biggest rockstars on camera.

      “Lippingwell shot a Who's Who of major international rock stars, plus hundreds of Canadian artists,” writes Billboard Canada’s Kerry Doole in a recent obit.

      Her portfolio includes images from an impressive estimated 3,500 concerts, her first being the iconic Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Tour when the band stopped in Vancouver in the 1970s. Full of grit and determination, she made herself known as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

      “I’ve had ribs cracked and toes broken,” she once told the Straight.

      Her work includes images of music legends such as Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, to name a few. Her self-taught photography skills led her to publish three photography books, and exhibit her work countless times.

      Beloved by her community of musicians and music lovers alike, her work will continue to inspire for decades to come while, as Pink Floyd puts it, she heads to “The Great Gig in the Sky.”

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