IS THERE A PLACE FOR STILL PHOTOS in the age of YouTube? Video is great, but taking in everything inevitably misses something. The magic is in the moment, the 1/200th of a second that tells us all we need to know.
Great still photos are rarely still in terms of energy, making live music the perfect subject matter. It’s become impossible for most musicians to make a living from recorded music, but the music scene is far richer for it. Things have moved from the studio back to the clubs, where the immediacy that made rock ‘n’ roll so powerful can once again be felt.
Rock has aged remarkably well. It would be easy for performers to fall back on nostalgia, but many artists continue to create new music and rework their catalogs in unexpected ways. Second- and third-generation musicians play alongside legends, honoring traditions and taking things in new directions. The same, of course, is true of jazz, cabaret and all forms of music, with small venues providing the opportunity for intimate experiences.
This site is the repository of an ongoing musical odyssey. The highest compliment for any photographer is to be told you’ve captured someone, that a single image conveys the essence of the whole. I hope I’ve managed to capture some of the great musicians and moments I’ve been privileged to witness.
LOU MONTESANO is a New York photographer and writer whose work has appeared in print and online for theNew York Times, BroadwayWorld, Brooklyn Vegan, Relix, All About Jazz and other publications and websites.
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