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November 3, 2018

It's been decades since I used a film camera at a concert, though the thought had crossed my mind on a number of occasions, but given the few precious minutes photographers are permitted to shoot, it was not likely to happen anytime soon. An opportunity presented itsel...

June 5, 2018

Sly Stone, an amazing performer is sometimes remembered for not showing up for his shows, most notably where he was scheduled for a free concert in Chicago's Grant Park on July 27, 1970. Some had arrived as early as 7 AM, began drinking, smoking and in general having a...

June 3, 2018

It has certainly been a long time! The last time I photographed a performance at Chicago's Soldier Field, The Rolling Stones were performing, Mick Jagger was still married to Bianca and their Some Girls album had not yet been released. You can pretty much imagine how I...

February 26, 2016

Much has been written about the closing of Jazz Record Mart over the past several weeks by people that have been patrons of the store for years. I've held off posting as my first visit was just a few  months ago and I don't have that much history on which to comment. N...

October 8, 2015

Musicians, artist and photographers are often the victim of theft of their creative work. Music for many years has seen the decline of traditional sales partially due to file sharing. Often, an artist's album may be available on the web in pirated form before it is ava...

June 16, 2015

 

 

Summertime is festival time in Chicago! The festivals range from neighborhood street fairs to huge productions such as The Chicago Blues Festival, now in its 32nd year. I spent a wonderful three days at this wonderful free event despite some iffy weather. It is, afte...

May 19, 2015

The 1970's were a time of unparalleled musical creativity which  would prove to have great influence, not only on that generation of musicians, but those that followed. Bands, such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who played in huge arenas attended by tens of t...

May 16, 2015

My return to performance photography was not something I had not consciously considered as a way of occupying my time as I get older. It was, after all, better than three decades since I had picked up a camera professionally.

 

After a long absence and a bit of time...

May 5, 2015

 

 

Back in the day, as I like to call it, capturing a moment under adverse conditions proved challenging. Dim lighting and low film sensitivity were the primary limitations. Things have improved dramatically today. I routinely capture images at the very limit of what my...

March 12, 2015

 

I am often asked what it was like to photograph some of the greatest musicians of the time during one of the most exciting periods in modern music history. If the person has even a basic interest in photography, then the conversation eventually turns to my equipment....

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