Fartbarf – Mon Keys in LA

  Gentles Readers, I really don’t know if the man-ape in today’s photograph above is Dan, Josh or Brian. And that’s kind of the point. I photographed Fartbarf in their analogue post-neanderthal glory last July. But Dan, Josh and Brian do put on one hell of a show, pre-digital and completely anonymous. Nothing but analogue …

Photo Daily: Grant Chambers Fulton Market Cold Storage

  “Well, you know, because Google’s moving in…” You hear that a lot in the West Loop these days. And mostly in a positive way. It’s a booming neighborhood. And if you haven’t been through there in the last 10 years, or even the last 5, you’d hardly recognize it. I made this photograph of …

Photo Daily: Jillian Ann Black and Crimson… and a Bit of Pink!

  “Jillian shouldn’t let anyone else photograph her,” said David Gilmour, a few years ago while looking at some photographs I had made of Jillian Ann over the years. Yes. That David Gilmour. Yes. The legendary guitarist. From Pink Floyd. Probably one of the most random and amazing things I have ever heard in all …

Photo Daily: Jillian Ann Loves Her Piano

  One of my missions as a photographer is to find ways to integrate people and their passions in any image I’m making with them. The essence of who they are at their core. With my friend Jillian Ann, that often means finding her a piano. Jillian Ann loves her piano. She loves posing on it as …

Photo Daily: Jacob Brody Chicago Recording Company

  Young musicians are fascinating to watch. A mix of confidence and uncertainty. But mostly confidence. The good ones already know to simply let their music do their talking for them. Jacob Brody was still in high school when I photographed him at Chicago Recording Company, or CRC as it’s better known. A ridiculous number …

Photo Daily: Grant Chambers Liberation Movement

  Like the models I photograph, musicians are innate performers, and by their nature, always fun to photograph. Whenever I collaborate with a musician, I do my best to find the persona they are trying to emote. Sometimes serious. Often thoughtful. Always cool. Grant Chambers of Liberation Movement stayed at my studio a couple of …

Photo Daily: Totter Todd at House of Blues

I made this photograph of Totter Todd at the House of Blues during a performance of Heavyweight Dub Champion in 2009. The band gave me full access to roam about both in front of and backstage, a rarity for me, since I don’t often photograph bands these days. I always enjoyed photographing concerts, going back …

Photo Daily: Jillian Ann and the Steinway

  “Can we find a piano?” That’s a question I’ve heard many times from my good friend Jillian Ann. I think being close to any piano is her happy place. A call to a good art director friend, who has a beautiful home, and more importantly, a gorgeous vintage Steinway grand piano, and I was able …

Photo Daily: If You See Her, Say Hello from Berlin

  I was in Berlin for a screening of a film I edited that was being shown as part of the Berlin Underground Film Festival. It was 1995 and only a few years since the Berlin Wall came down. Plenty of evidence of that still everywhere. But Berlin has a strong heart and the people …

Photo Daily: Jillian Ann Hat

  It’s hard to be in front of a camera most of your waking life. My friend Jillian Ann is used to it, of course. But it’s also nice to sometimes make a photograph of her when she’s not “on.” I made this photo of Jillian during a break from one of our shoots. Just …