I was reading A Photo Editor this week and in a post about finding new photographers she states in the comments, "Blogging about your photography and others that you admire is very helpful to photo editors and art buyers. A photographer recommending a peer is very valuable to me in forming my opinion."
In that spirit, i recommend to you the following photographers. To narrow the field i’ve chosen photographers who are all Australian, are young (under 30) and who specialise in music photography. Not live music photography but portraits of bands and artists. I’ll save the live music shooters for another post.
I met Angelo a couple of years back shooting a gig and we bump into each other occasionally at shows. But it’s not his live stuff that grabs me – it’s the portraits. He shoots almost exclusively film and primarily it’s square or panoramic black and white. His shots have a lovely classic and nostalgic vibe. He’s been shooting Mercy Arms since they first appeared and has got a great catalogue of shots of them.
I’m hopelessly biased when it comes to Cybele as she’s my girlfriend, but i don’t include her here out of any obligation. She’s always been a great photographer but in the last year or so she’s really hit her stride with music portraits. She’s shot promo shots for all the hottest local acts: Damn Arms, Catcall, Midnight Juggernauts, Young and Restless, The Cops, Josh Pyke, Pnau and loads more.
She’s very inventive and excels at both elaborate studio set ups or a simply lit portrait. She’s has a knack for bringing even the most reserved characters out of their shells.
Melbourne based photographer Warwick Baker first got my attention when i saw his shots of My Disco. They’re a very heavy math rock act, yet he atypically photographed them in colour coordinated clothes amongst pot plants. Odd. He’s shot similarly excellent portraits of acts like Children Collide, Sarah Blasko and Temper Trap.
Like Angelo, Warwick is a film junkie. When i met him earlier this year he was raving about this ancient large format camera he’d been using lately and told me he didn’t own a digital camera. He’s a quiet and humble guy and his stillness and contemplative nature often comes through in his photos.
Nabil is the wild card here who most people wouldn’t know as a young Aussie music snapper, but he’s the granddaddy of them all. This Central Coast bred lad now lives in LA and has done portraits for the likes of Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, The Killers and Black Eyed Peas. He still keeps his hand in with Australian acts though, doing photos for Expatriate, Silverchair and Decoder Ring.
Nabil got my attention when i noticed his photo credit on a Silverchair photo and googled him. It wasn’t until i chatted with Ben King from Expatriate that i found out that Nabil was an Aussie expat, now working in LA.
He’s incredibly versatile and appears as at ease shooting gritty portraits of rock bands as he is the high gloss hip hop artists. One of the best in the business who’s risen well above his humble Australian origins.