Fotograf Magazine

#25 popular music

At the end of the 19th Century, the emergence of sound recording liberated music from the context of a unique concert performance, and together with the advent of photography, radio and television, this new technology helped to give rise to modern popular music. The recipients of its message were never strictly only listeners, as it was always an audiovisual project, one in which – apart from the relatively short period of the predominance of radio as a “blind medium“ – no single component ever dramatically overshadowed the others (think of the meanings of the word image). The structure of the music issue is built on the basis of a contemporary concert, raising questions in regard to photography in documentary, art, journalistic, commercial, or personal domains. The focus of the figurative performance is the star on stage (the role of photography in star construction; musicians as photographers) and the moving audience before or under it (photography communicating music-related social and cultural changes; the establishing of subcultures, fan identities and their reflection), symbolically separated from the backstage area (the production; the backstage as a mythical space of both creativity and hedonism). More or less in parallel with these themes runs a dynamic, evolving and always charged contact with the world of fine arts.

Björk, Michael Schmelling, Jan Ságl, Stefan Ruiz, Christian Patterson, Jan Tvarůžka, Jason Evans, Petr Hlaváček, Radek Brousil, dis magazine, Andrew Thomas Huang, Dušan Tománek, Mardoša, interwiev with Thurston Moore, interwiev with Roger Ballen, rewiev of Anton Corbijn’s exhibition in Haag, rewievs, theory and moore.

#25 Popular Music — The Role of Photography in the Construction of Stars

Anton Corbijn

This year, Anton Corbijn began production on what is already his fourth feature film, but he still remains best known for his iconic portraits of the leading figures of popular culture. At the age of sixty, the originally Dutch artist has selected for his native country his first-ever retrospective exhibition to trace exclusively his collaborations within the music industry…

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#25 Popular Music — Backstage

Václav Tvarůžka

Ok, you know how it is. At last you have made up your mind that you don’t want to just listen to music, the love of your life, but want to make it, too. Most of you know, through first-hand experience or from friends, how much pain, time, nerves and other things separate this moment of realization from the moment you and your pals in the band gain the confidence that whatever you were just fiddling, hobbling and tinkering with in the rehearsal room isn’t merely a straightforward embarrassment and that it might actually be cool to finally experience the feeling you have so far just observed with performing bands you like…

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#25 Popular Music — Behind the stage

Christian Patterson

Earworm – a song or melody that burrows into the brain, rests there, and offers itself up repeatedly over time without conscious summoning. I do not know of a word to describe the visual equivalent that I certainly experience, when a picture nestles in and returns unannounced at later intervals…

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#25 Popular Music — Behind the stage

Dušan Tománek

I first met Dušan on the occasion of the exhibition The Blind Leading the Blind at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague. The graphic designer on the project Robert V. Novák and I both wanted the accompanying catalogue to capture as closely as possible the installation of the works by Jake and Dinos Chapman…

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