There are many musicians who rock behind the camera as much as they do on stage. We already wrote about some of them (twice), and one of them is Lenny Kravitz. Most people know this talented man as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and even an actor. But in this video, T. Hopper focuses on Kravitz as a photographer and his career part in this particular field.
Steve Birnbaum is a director, photographer, and music explorer. When he combines all these passions, he creates photos that “revisit music history one picture at a time.” He selects photos of famous musicians and finds the exact locations where they were shot. He overlays prints with their locations, creating entirely new photos that sometimes touch us deeply as we look at them.
If you shoot portraits at all I can almost guarantee that you’ll get asked at some point by a musician to have some images taken. Whether you’re a professional or an amateur it doesn’t seem to matter. Musicians are generally hungry for photographs and need a constant carousel of images for their publicity and social media.
However, it’s not always that straightforward to take a great shot of a musician. And generally, they don’t just need action shots of them playing, they need a mixture of headshots, shots with the instrument, full-body shots, atmospheric shots, and often shots that would work on an album cover, even in today’s age of digital music downloads.
Most people know Bryan Adams as a rock musician and the man behind some timeless hits. But he’s one of the musicians who are equally good at photography. His photography career is admirable as well as the one in music, and he is photographing his fellow musicians for the 2022 Pirelli Calendar.
If you’ve listened to Depeche Mode, U2, or Joy Division, chances are that you’re also a fan of Anton Corbijn. Dutch photographer, film, and music video director is among the most popular music photographers of today. I personally am a big fan of his unique style, and if you are too, this video is perfect for you. Alex Kilbee of The Photographic Eye guides you through Anton Corbijn’s career highlights but also breaks down his photographic style to give you a better insight into what makes it so special.
I love it when photos and music intertwine and inspire each other. Both music and photography are important parts of my life, even though I only listen to music, I don’t make it as I do with photos. So, I am amazed by talented people who can do both things equally well.
A while ago, I created a list of ten actors/actresses who are also photographers and ten musicians who also rock at photography. Now I bring you nine more of them who appear to be as passionate about taking photos as they are about music.
Fisheye lenses are useful for different purposes, from scientific to artistic. But there’s one field where their unique look has been consistently popular from the early ‘60s to this very day: album covers. In this interesting video, Vox brings you a brief history of fisheye lenses. It explores why they have been such a popular tool, both for album covers and music videos, for nearly 60 years.
September 21st, 1979. Forty years ago, British rock photographer, Pennie Smith immortalized the destruction of a Fender P-Bass guitar by Paul Simonon of The Clash on the stage of The Palladium in New York City, on gorgeous B&W 35mm film.
Her soft-focus, grainy image with its blown-out highlights and development stains has been dubbed by numerous publications and music fans, “the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Photograph of All-Time.”
After teaming up with Lenny Kravitz to launch the M Monochrome “Drifter,” Leica is bringing rock ‘n’ roll and photography together once again. This time, it’s an homage to Andy Summer’s work. Other than being known for his music (both solo and as a member of The Police), Summers is also a fantastic photographer. So, Leica has decided to launch a $15K limited-edition camera for all Summers’ fans.