Michael Ochs is an American photographic archivist best known for his extensive collection of pictures related to rock music dating back to the 1950s and 1960s. The Michael Ochs Archive, located in Los Angeles, contains over 3 million vintage prints, proof sheets and negatives.
Michael Ochs earned a B.A. in radio and television writing from Ohio State University. He managed the career of his brother, noted folk singer Phil Ochs, and later headed the public relations departments at Columbia Records, Shelter Records and ABC Records. He has also freelanced for such entertainment publications as Rock Magazine, the L.A. Free Press, Crawdaddy, Melody Maker, Cashbox and Variety. Additionally, Ochs contributed liner notes to a number of record albums.
The Los Angeles Times called Ochs “America’s pre-eminent rock ‘n’ roll photo archivist” and described his archive as “the dominant force in the rock image marketplace”. The New York Times called it “the premier source of musician photography in the world”.