Bryan Sutter: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis
Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite concert photos while answering a few questions about their process and passion.
Bryan Sutter Priests
How and when did you get involved with music photography?
I started shooting live music back in 2009 when I was writing for Playback:STL, a local online magazine. I was looking for a way to spice up my live show reviews, and I ended up enjoying the photography more than the writing. I think the first show I shot was Themselves at the Firebird. I always had an interest in photography but something about it just clicked.
Bryan Sutter Kool Keith
What are some highlights of your professional photography experience?
A definite highlight was my time as the house photographer at the Firebird from 2010 to 2012. It was very cool to be a part of the early days, and to see the club go on to become arguably the best small-cap room in the Midwest. I got to meet, photograph and watch many of my favorite musicians, and I learned a lot from Mike Cracchiolo and Bert McClimans, as well as the rest of the staff.
I also just finished up a three-week tour with a St. Louis-based garage-rock trio known as Roundheels, and this past weekend I was in SoCal covering Burgerama III for Eleven Magazine. Both were really interesting experiences that gave me tons of great photos and stories.
Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?
I've got my main site and a Tumblr page where I post some of my personal work that isn't always directly related to music. Locally, you can see my photos in just about every issue of Eleven Magazine, and I volunteer at KDHX as a photographer when I can. Some of the bands that I have worked with include Junius, Roundheels, Dots Not Feathers, Boreal Hills, Humdrum and Bruiser Queen. Along with Jason Stoff, I do the promo photos for An Undercover Weekend.
Bryan Sutter Ex-Cult
What is your favorite part of doing music photography?
I think my favorite part of music photography, besides nailing the shot, is the people that I get to meet. These days I don't have many friends or acquaintances that I didn't initially meet through my work as a photographer. It's pretty awesome to know so many talented and interesting individuals, and having such a network is really useful when someone needs help with an idea or task, as it usually leads to more opportunities and the occasional barbecue.
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