Sat. Dec 10th, 2022

A pair of native live performance photographers are holding a novel exhibition starting November 17 at Dryden Galleries in North Windfall. Richard McCaffrey, a profession photographer who has revealed in Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Creem journal for the reason that Seventies can be joined by Rick Farrell, well-known to WUN readers for his distinctive live performance images in recent times. The present, titled “Then and Now,” will characteristic the 2 photographer’s photos facet by facet, in lots of circumstances, taken a long time aside.

How did the exhibition come collectively?

“We’ve been discussing the idea of a ‘Then and Now’ collaboration for a number of years,” stated Farrell. “We figured Richard’s classic works, together with my later works could be a cool mixture. The unique thought was a gallery exhibition and a e book. Possibly a e book is subsequent, relying on how this goes.”

(Left) Dolly Parton on the Newport People Competition in 2019 (Rick Farrell); (Proper) Dolly Parton on the Boarding Home, San Francisco, CA in 1976 (Richard McCaffrey)

The theme is progressive. “‘Then and Now’ is a historic visible compilation of 60 musical artists spanning nearly 50 years, in a side-by-side curation,” stated Farrell.

There’s actually rather a lot to attract from. McCaffrey was residing in San Francisco within the 1970’s when the music enterprise was thriving and rock exhibits have been in all places. He lined traditional rock artists like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and The Who and was there as punk emerged within the mid-70s. Famend amongst musicians for his capability to seize the second, McCaffrey had outstanding entry to the artists.

Little question, rather a lot has modified … “Getting access to exhibits was a lot less complicated then. It additionally wasn’t unusual to have entry backstage,” he stated. “I believe again, the early punk period was a number of enjoyable. The ambiance was all the time stuffed with electrical energy and power. I haven’t seen something prefer it since,” added McCaffrey.

Live performance images presents a novel set of challenges. Rock stars have a tendency to maneuver round a bit, and lighting is rarely predictable. “The tools has modified for the higher,” notes McCaffrey. “Going from movie to digital has supplied many benefits. I’d normally shoot a roll of 36 exposures, and stroll away with perhaps 3 keepers. Again then, daytime (outside) exhibits have been no trouble, however the indoor (darkly lit) venues created a myriad of points. Right now’s newer digital expertise is a lot better and simpler to work with in low mild conditions.”

Though he’s been masking exhibits for fewer years, Farrell has skilled some memorable moments taking pictures from the pit. “I have a tendency to love the extra animated and fascinating exhibits,” he stated. Amongst his favorites … “The Tubes come to thoughts with Price Waybill’s antics. B.B. King was all the time entertaining. There was one present specifically after I was the one photographer within the pit. I used to be in all probability 10 toes away when he seemed me straight within the eye and gave me a thumbs up. I captured the shot, and to at the present time it stays certainly one of my favourite captures. Additionally, The Stones have been an thrilling present to cowl, given their magnitude and showmanship.”

The exhibit kicks off with a gap reception from 5-7 PM on Thursday, November 17 at Dryden Galleries, 1350 Mineral Spring Ave, North Windfall. Images can be out there for buy from each photographers. The exhibit runs by means of January 7.

Click on right here to be taught extra concerning the exhibit.

Click on right here to view images from Richards McCaffrey.

Click on right here to view images from Rick Farrell.

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