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Who Shot Rock?

Who Shot Rock and Roll
Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present is a photography exhibit that has come to the Columbia Museum of Art, and having gotten a chance to see it myself, I can say it’s a wonderfully entertaining, enlightening experience.

The exhibit covers the music genre from its birth to now, with photos, album covers, and music videos all on display.  Far from just a predictable collection of staged portraits and performances, the content of the photos is varied and frequently compelling, such as the candid shot of Kurt Cobain breaking down in tears backstage after a concert.  Other pictures were taken with very interesting techniques, like the massive panorama of a Madonna show, made using shots of several concerts at the same location taken from the same vantage point.

Every sub-genre is covered, from the intensity and intimacy of punk shows to the gigantic scale of stadium rock and the surreality of progressive rock.  I was particularly pleased to see a section dedicated to the works of Storm Thorgerson and his old graphic design group Hipgnosis.  There are also some great bits of history, including the slightly out-of-focus photo of Bob Dylan that would become the cover of Blonde on Blonde. The breadth of the exhibit is surprisingly large, offering something for anyone who appreciates rock and roll in any of its forms.  For anybody with even a passing interest in the imagery or history of rock music, or just really compelling photography, Who Shot Rock and Roll comes highly recommended.


A Photo I Love

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

A pair of sneakers overlooking the street

Here’s an old photo of mine that I would like to share.  It was taken about a year ago, from my old bedroom on the fourth floor of West Quad’s building C.  I wanted to give the impression that the shoes were “looking” down on the road and everything in it, so I used a fairly shallow depth of field to keep the focus on the shoes while maintaining a little bit on the road.  I was very pleased with the content and the composition, and I turned in this picture as part of an assignment for another photography class I was taking at the time.

Content aside, this photo in particular has become one that I have a great emotional attachment to.  It evokes memories of my dorm room at at West Quad, a place that I have strong nostalgic feelings for, and reminds me of how I could relax back then just by watching the people and cars go by on the street below.  Looking at it now, this photo has a certain wistful quality to me, with the low-key lighting and the impression that the shoes are “gazing” silently out onto the road.  Of all the photos I took while living at West Quad, this is the most memorable and the most nostalgic.

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An Introductory Post

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Hello, world!  I’m Nick Pritchard, a Visual Communications student at the University of South Carolina.  I’m hopeful that a degree in visual communications, as well as computer science, will allow me to find a job as an online journalist in the digital age.  As a photographer, my experience is fairly limited.  I have used Canon SLR cameras in the past, thought I don’t have a camera of my own.  I do have some experience using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

A photo of me.