243 | Michael Zagaris | A Visual Archive of Sound: The Journey of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographer

This episode of The Greatness Machine explores Michael’s transition from law school to rock ‘n’ roll photography, his work with iconic musicians, and his role as a documentarian during the civil rights movement, highlighting the inspiring journey of an artist who followed his true calling against conventional expectations.

In this episode, Michael and I talked about:

  • Michael looks back at how he started taking pictures at a very young age
  • Michael shares what it was like working with Robert Kennedy
  • What introduced Michael to rock ‘n’ roll photography
  • Michael reflects on the meaning of life
  • Michael spills the craziest experiences he had as a rock photographer
  • And other topics…

Meet Michael:

Michael Zagaris, born on February 19, 1945, is widely recognized for his multifaceted career as a sports photographer and his influential role in the music industry. Nicknamed “Z-Man,” he has left an indelible mark in both fields, capturing iconic moments in sports and music history.

In the realm of sports photography, Michael gained prominence for his work with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970s. He became the team photographer and had unparalleled access to the players and the dynamic moments on and off the field. His images not only documented the triumphs and challenges of the team but also provided an intimate look into the lives of the athletes.

Simultaneously, Michael developed a strong presence in the music scene. He became the tour photographer for several prominent rock bands, including The Rolling Stones. His camera lens captured the energy and essence of live performances, offering a unique perspective on the rock and roll lifestyle during the 1970s and beyond.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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