Primavera Sound is one of my favorite festival to attend. This year, with their New Normal Line Up, they offered a 50/50 gender balanced Line-Up. A huge step for the industry where diversity isn’t so well represented. Click the image below for some photos of the event.
I was the official photographer of 2017 Pointu Festival. Really glad to see such a good line up so close to my hometown. It was the 3rd edition and it's entirely free !
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In January, I went on tour for a week in Europe with New Madrid from Athens, Georgia.
Some of my favorites photos are in the gallery below.
No updates in a while. I have attended Governors Ball and Bonnaroo Festivals and I've had so many great opportunities to photograph amazing musicians there. No offence to PRs, but in the US it's better or should I say, easier !So... I have new portraits of Cage The Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Janelle Monae, Phoenix, Washed Out, MS MR, Phosphorescent, Little Dragon and Vance Joy ! They were all super sweet and I can not wait to do more portraits soon.
I was also allowed to photograph Cage The Elephant full set and I've put my favorite images here. They are definitely my favorite band to photograph at the moment. So energetic ! I Love it ! I also did a little behind the scenes feature of Californian band Allah-Las.
Before that, I was commissioned to photograph Volcano Choir at Primavera. It was amazing ! I have never heard of them before. Only heard of Bon Iver (Justin Vernon's other band) but It was a great discovery. I was so glad to be able to work with them.
I've also had some photographs on Rolling Stone magazine : MS MR, Allah-Las, James Blake, my super sweet Phoenix photo, Avett Brothers and Sam Smith. Also got some of my Primavera's photos in. Also my La Roux shot on NME magazine. Some on Bilboard and Fuse too.
Straight after Bonnaroo, I've headed to Hurricane Festival in Germany. My photos are on the Getty website. The Line-Up was a bit too Emo for me in general and a lot of German bands that I have never heard about but it was my second year there and a great experience so far. I was happy to be able to catch Interpol, Preatures and my other favorite : Reignwolf ! I made it to the Grammy website with The Black Keys and the Guardian, MusikExpress with a Spoon photo and Live Nation.
I also shot Spoon in London for the Line of Best Fit. It was amazing but unfortunately little lights. I'm so happy that they are back.
Tuesday, I am flying to Poland for Open'er.
Since Christmas, things have been a bit quiet. I have only shot Peter Hook for The Line of Best Fit and Alt-J (with Clean Bandit and Nightworks opening for them) for Retna.I also shot Blood Red Shoes for Getty. Now I'm off on holidays !
I have attended the Electric Picnic in Ireland last week-end and shot for The Line of Best Fit, but also for this. Great atmosphere this year.I have to say that I was not really looking forward to it as last year edition was cold and rainy and I got lost in the parking lot forever under the rain :) This year was much better, it was also my 60th Cure concert, a bit crazy, but true...
It was great to see Richard Hawley live, he is my new favorite and great to catch up with Cranes too !
A couple of days before the festival, I also found out that one of my image of Arcade Fire from last year edition had been used for the Design of an Heineken online banner. I had not been asked about it but all is well that ends well and I hope I will work with them again !
Last week, I just got back from Iceland and left the next day for Reading Festival. I shot lots of bands, my favorite bands to watch were The Cure, Eagles of Death Metal and Two Door Cinema Club. There is a selection of pictures on Flickr.
Now, I have got two more days to spend in London before I leave for the Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland where again The Cure, Grimes, Alabama Shakes, Metronomy and many more are playing ! Looking forward to it ! Hope it won't be raining...
This week, I was lucky enough to shoot Kiss twice !! I attended their press conference where they were talking about their new photography book. Unfortunately they didn't wear their trademark make-up but I got to shoot their show at the Forum too. It was completely amazing. I only knew a couple of songs but they totally ROCKED IT and I really hope to see them again. I couldn't believe how good they were ! It was great to shoot a band with so much energy, posing for the camera and with amazing lights ! Everything was perfect, despite the 29 other photographers next to me :) I also shot "The tallest Man on Earth" in Hackney for The Line of Best Fit and The Psychedelic Furs at The Garage.
Since my last updates, my websites have been hacked. You could visit a Russian website by clicking my name on google and it resulted on me having to pay a webmaster and new host to get rid of it. I wasn't really ready for the expenditure but anyway, it's getting back to normal slowly but surely... Last weekend, I've also covered the Hop Farm Festival for the Line of Best Fit. I think I have not been treated so well at any other festival before. Nice press people, food, drinks... I particularly enjoyed watching Slow Club and of course Patti Smith (despite her spitting a lot on stage and me making sure that I wasn't on the way...). Patrick Wolf also played violin with her...
I also shot Garbage at Brixton Academy on sunday evening...
And if you bought the Guitarist Magazine from last month, there is one of my picture from the Cure New York Reflection show on it.
Primavera is always a bit of a challenge as there is about 200 photographers to share the pits with... Here are my pros and cons of this year festival.+ Sun + Seeing the Cure + Shooting Portraits of Josh T Pearson - one of the greatest beard around + Richard Hawley + Goat cheese salad
- The storm on the last day and no tent to put us in - Shooting the Cure (the worse pictures of my Cure history - I will blame the high stage and the other 200 photographers)... - Waking up after three hours sleep - Not understanding anything - Too many point and shoot
One of the good things is that I met Josh T Pearson who accepted to do a portrait session. However I had to wake up after only three hours sleep to do the shoot at the hotel. I waited patiently half asleep for him and his Manager to arrive, behind Marianne Faithful... I would have love to bump into Warren Ellis who played the Festival with the Dirty Three but unfortunately it didn't happen !
Since I have been back from Primavera, I have only shot one gig : Jack White at Brixton !