Every photo tells a story, and each time I take out my camera, I feel like I'm being given a gift. My goal is to make my clients relax in front of the camera, and I believe I do that every time.
I've loved music for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would spend hours listening to my parents' record collection and playing guitar. I loved how music made me feel, and I was drawn to the passion and energy musicians brought to their performances.
As I got older, my love of music only grew stronger. I started attending concerts and festivals, and I quickly realized there was nothing quite like experiencing live music in person. I loved being surrounded by other fans, united by our love of music. But it wasn't just the music itself that I loved. I loved watching musicians perform and was intrigued by their creative process. I started thinking about capturing their passion and energy in a photograph. From an early career, I started taking pictures of my favorite bands at concerts. I was determined to capture the raw emotion and energy of their performances. At first, I wasn't very good at it. But I kept practicing, and over time, my skills improved.
It was only a short time before some of my photos were published in magazines. I also started working with record labels and promoters, photographing musicians for album covers and promotional materials. For over four decades, I have been photographing musicians from all genres of music. I have captured some of the most iconic moments in music history and met some of the most talented and inspiring people in the world. But more importantly, I have been able to share my love of music with others through my photography. I hope my photos capture the passion and energy I feel when listening to live music. I also hope they inspire you to appreciate the art of music and the creativity of musicians.
Music is a powerful force in the world, and it has brought me so much joy over the years. I am grateful that I have combined my love of music with my passion for photography. It has been an incredible journey, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.
To be a photographer who captures an image that instantly becomes famous and lives on forever is an unforgettable experience – it’s surreal. It’s not the goal; we just want to capture a photograph. Yet, once it happens, a sense of responsibility comes with capturing such an iconic image. Some of my images have told stories, elicited emotions, and inspired people worldwide. These images are a testament to the power of photography and the ability to capture the human experience.
I’ll readily admit that it was my relentless pursuit of wanting to photograph my idol – John Lennon. In some ways, I think I willed it to happen. After calling Lennon’s assistant too many times to count until she finally said, “Come to NY, and you’ll have 5 minutes,” I knew I would only get one opportunity, and this was it! When the day arrived, I was so nervous I wasn’t sure I’d get anything good. The kindness of John and Oko and their generosity of time allowed me to capture this photograph of them, and I will always be eternally grateful.