music photography

The Photography Of Jim Cummins

 

Jimi Hendrix at Record Plant Studios, NYC, recording Izabella, February 1970

Jimi Hendrix at Record Plant Studios, NYC, recording Izabella, February 1970

The Hell Gate is proud to announce its collaboration with Image Fortress in handling the archive legendary photographer Jim Cummins.  Over 900 music albums from that era, many of which went Gold, Platinum and Diamond, used Jim’s photographs as their album covers. Many of his other photographs of legendary performers of that era were published as magazine covers and in feature articles in magazines such as Newsweek, Rolling Stone and Life Magazine. Two of Jim’s album covers won Album Cover of The Year awards, and Jim’s photograph for the cover of the groundbreaking November, 1967 issue of Newsweek Magazine, devoted to the civil rights issues confronting America during the 1960s, won the National Magazine Award.  Among the many greats he’s photographed are Janis, Jimi, Miles Davis and countless others.

Check out the feature reel of Jim discussing shooting Janis. Janis Joplin – The Photo Autobiographies

 

The Jim Cummins archive is available for licensing here. Check for more content.

 

We want to thank Image Fortress and especially Bob Pokress for making this happen.

Bio excerpt courtesy of Image Fortress. 

 

The Photography Of Ester Segretto

FKA Twigs

Ester Segretto has the perfect mix of the right music, the right energy and the technical chops to bring some of the best live photography we’ve seen in a while. The above photo of FKA Twigs slays us. Love that she follows the line of her leg, it’s super elegant and shows off her dancing abilities. View Ester’s gallery. All of Ester’s images are available for licensing here. We are thrilled to be working with her.

The Photography of Dustin Chambers

Southside, Wocka Flocka Flame and Lex Lugar by Dustin Chambers/ The Hell Gate

Southside, Wocka Flocka Flame and Lex Lugar by Dustin Chambers/ The Hell Gate

We couldn’t be more pleased to include Dustin Chambers on our rooster. His photography of Goodie Mob and Alt Twins is the type of reportage we dream about.  More images from Dustin’s extensive archive will become available for licensing over the coming days. Gallery highlighting Dustin’s work is here, and images are available for licensing on The Hell Gate. 

London Grammar by Tom Oxley

London Grammar by Tom Oxley/ The Hell Gate

London Grammar by Tom Oxley/ The Hell Gate

Congrats to London Grammar for winning the Ivor Novello award for best song. These guy are getting a lot of buzz in the Uk (duh) and momentum is starting to build stateside. Check out Tom Oxley’s portraits here. Images and the rest of Tom’s amazing body of work is available for licensing. 

On Being Childish

Billy Childish by Pat Graham/ The Hell Gate

Billy Childish by Pat Graham/ The Hell Gate

Really entertaining interview with one of our favorite Brits of all time Billy Childish in the Guardian last week. What was so great about the interview was Billy, the tone I could do without. Got the feeling that the author wasn’t buying what Billy was selling. But the truth is, Billy doesn’t have anything to sell. He just may be on of the most enlightened, comfortable-in-his-own-skin humans on the planet, and I say this without an ounce of irony. Childish also gives good quote- “Tradition is the platform to freedom” and  “I’m an interesting person with a moustache, rather than a person who’s grown a moustache to be interesting. But it’s a good trick to do that, and good luck to them if they can pull it off.” are just some of the gems you’ll find in the interview here. Also worth reading the comments section, Childish is very honest and cool in his response to the interview. Just fascinating stuff folks. Also a testament to Childish’s prolific life as an artist– when I first started dating my now husband many moons ago I said that I was I huge fan of Billy Childish’s music. He said I thought he was a painter.

 

Feature Submission- Jake Bugg by Mattia Zoppellaro

Jake Bugg backstage in Nottingham, UK, February 2014 by Mattia Zoppellaro/ The Hell Gate

Jake Bugg backstage in Nottingham, UK, February 2014 by Mattia Zoppellaro/ The Hell Gate

This is as good as it gets folks. Great reportage- Two days on the road with breakout singer/ songwriter Jake Bugg- back in February 2014, on stage and backstage at Nottingham and the historic Royal Albert Hall, UK. So intimate and just gorgeous photography. View the full gallery here.

Photographer Spotlight- Shervin Lainez

Jim James by Shervin Lainez/ The Hell Gate

Jim James by Shervin Lainez/ The Hell Gate

Shervin Lainez is old school when it comes to his relationships with musicians. Evidence is in his portraits. This is just a taste of what’s to come from. More please! View gallery here.

Photographer Spotlight- Andreas Panopoulos

Lana Del Reu by Andreas Panopoulos/ The Hell Gate

Lana Del Rey by Andreas Panopoulos/ The Hell Gate

It’s rare that live photography makes us actually want to run out and buy music, but such is the case with Andreas Panopoulos’s photography. It’s very difficult to do live photography well, and he does it great. View the gallery here.

Graham Nash- Photographer

Yes, we do mean that Graham Nash. He is a GREAT photographer, underrated for sure. Mojo’s written up a really great piece on Graham’s  photography here.   Little know fact- Graham was at the forefront of digital printing when he started Nash Editions– which is still going strong.

Quote for every music photography lover from Graham Nash- “I don’t see the difference between photography and music. To me it’s all just energy.”

Capture

Really great interview of  Bob Gruen and  Kevin Bacon by  Mark Seliger  as part of Seliger’s video series “Capture”. Thanks to A Photo Editor for posting this. Hearing Bob Gruen talk about John Lennon never gets old, he really does it eloquently here. A must-see for any fan of music photography.