The band. The dance. The audience. The everything.
For the past decade, the photographer Rhona Bitner has been working on “LISTEN,” a “visual history of rock and roll” that includes pictures of three hundred and eighty-nine iconic music venues, shot in eighty-seven cities across twenty-six states
June 21, 2011. “You want to shoot Prince’s European Tour? Need to know ASAP.”
Brooklyn-based photographer Ebru Yildiz emerged from Death by Audio and into the crisp night of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was the fall of 2014, and the waterfront DIY venue would shutter it’s doors come November 23, 2014, but until then, its most loyal bands would play each night to a room for 100 people filled past capacity.
But a closer look shows that the big sales numbers that have sustained the recorded music business for years are way down, and it is hard to see how they could ever return to where they were even a decade ago.
If you were in a band that played a show in one of Memphis’s many clubs since the 90s, or if you were one of the many locals who made those clubs their second home, or even if you just caught some music while passing through the city, you might have seen Dan Ball standing in the front row with his camera.
Last fall when Ebru Yildiz learned that one of her favorite Brooklyn venues, Death by Audio, would be shuttering its doors documenting its final weeks was a no-brainer. “I just felt like I had to be there,” she says. “When I started taking photos I realized how big of a project it was going to be—I thought this has to be a book.”
Jessica Lehrman is a 26-year-old Brooklyn-based documentary photographer who captures the glamor and grit of contemporary underground movements, from the underbelly of New York City’s hip hop community to protests and social revolutions.
Photographer Vincent Rosenblatt spent ten years documenting the funk scene in Rio, and his work was recently featured in the March issue of National Geographic in Brazil.
Maybe it’s hard to believe but death metal fans are some of best people out there, or so says Baltimore photographer J.M. Giordano. He would know. For his latest project Killer Angels, the photojournalist attended over sixty death metal shows. His subjects however weren’t the bands, but the fans. “Honestly, I loved this project and the people. Metal fans are the best, most welcoming group I’ve met,” says Giordano.
“Amidst the chaos of a live show, I wanted to find that sense of grace,” says Peterson. “I wanted people to experience what it was like being there; the sweat, the noise, being pushed against each other.”
Known for his portraits of American artists, South African photographer Norman Seeff is releasing his first monograph with the publisher Kehrer Verlag, and is the subject of an exhibition at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany.
Erin Feinberg began her career photographing concerts as a way of getting to see her favorite musicians up close and for free. But as digital photography got more popular, photo pits became overcrowded and restrictions for photographers at shows became overbearing
I would venture to guess that Paul Zone describes himself as a former rock star, but to me he’s something else—a rock-’n’-roll photographer, that increasingly rare breed whose energy and drive and discipline go into making pictures that reflect the highs of life on the New York stage
In the late 1980′s, my cousin gave me a cassette that instantly became an obsession of mine. It was a tape, compiled by a UK record company – and made purely for internal use – featuring the worst songs they’d ever been sent from the thousands of demo tapes they received each year.
I hesitated when it came time to pony up and realized that, as just one more participant in the Something for Nothing economy, I’d grown accustomed to getting all sorts of lusciousness for the price of zero.
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