Nov 182013

A couple of things regarding rock photography caught my eye last week. First somebody sent me a link to this little story on Dan Corrigan, the house photographer at my favorite rock club, First Avenue in Minneapolis. He’s also known as the photographer for the cover of the Replacements album, Let it Be.

In the video, Dan talks about his strategies to get good photos at shows and the trials of the digital age. I’m not immune to the temptations of taking a photo at a show now and then, but some people really go over overboard.

The other thing that somebody sent me was this treasury of bad indie rock band pix.

I’ve had a (very) small amount of photos published over the years, so I know how hard it is to get a good shot. My rock photos are almost uniformly bad.

My questions to you: Have you ever snapped a good rock photo? And if so, can you put a link in the comments?


  4 Responses to “Rock Photography: It Don’t Come Easy”

  1. Here’s some shots my brother took at the last Replacements show — ever — at Taste of Chicago in 1991, until this year’s reunion.

  2. I am a terrible photographer, so no band in their right mind will ask me to shoot them. Considering the Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 Word of the Year, perhaps bands should take selfies for their publicity shots.

  3. As my old news director used to say . . . “Phil, you can’t go wrong shooting kids and dogs . . . ”

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