Thursday, July 29, 2010

Virtually ungooglable, amazing blues photographer

His name is Peter Amft.

I can't give you a link, because there isn't one. He has no Web site to speak of. Aside from web references to "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues", there's isn't much about him online. You can find his work documenting Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor, and many others in books and on the covers of numerous albums and cds (searching blues album covers, in fact is the best way to run across his pictures). As far as I know, he's alive, at least as of a couple years ago, because I have a couple recent prints of his. But he seems to have been one of the few great music photographers that has ducked out of the whole online marketing experience. His work can be found on display in the Delmark Jazz Record Mart in Chicago:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Blues, music and the people who make it.

I made the most "interesting" list of this popular flickr blues group:

I feel honored to pop up in such good company. In particular, if you have some time to explore, check out the photos of George Mitchell and "Dizzy Atmosphere." Pretty much all the work I see in their streams (blues and non-blues) is classic and the real deal.

Btw, you'll also see some really cool old blues photos that people re-posted in their accounts. I always have mixed feelings about this common practice (and some of the photos may even be public domain at this point), but I have to admit I still always look.

Monday, July 19, 2010

100 Action Packed Concert & Gig Photographs

My work was included in a 'best of': "100 Action Packed Concert & Gig Photographs" online tutorial (image titled "Harmonica Hands"):

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Custom Calendar

Custom Calendar, originally uploaded by Randy's Dailies.

Here are some thumbnails from a calendar I created from a portrait shoot. I took her selections and made custom high end inkjet prints from the files and spiral bound them.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Robert Frank:

"Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected."