A pair of local concert photographers are hosting a unique exhibition starting November 17th at the Dryden Gallery in North Providence. Richard McCaffreycareer photographer published in rolling stone, billboardWhen cream Magazines from the 1970s will participate Rick Farrell, well known to WUN readers for his extraordinary concert photography in recent years. Titled “Then and Now,” the show often features side-by-side photographs from two of his photographers taken decades apart.
How was the exhibition put together?
“We’ve been talking about the concept of a ‘then and now’ collaboration for several years,” says Farrell. “I thought Richard’s vintage work and my later work would be a cool combination. The original idea was a gallery exhibit and a book. I can’t.”
The theme is novel. “‘Then and Now’ is a compilation of his historical visuals curated side by side with his 60 musical artists spanning nearly 50 years,” Farrell said.
There is certainly a lot to be gained from that. McCaffrey lived in San Francisco in the 1970s. Back then, the music business was booming and rock shows were everywhere. He covered classic rock artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and The Who, and was there when punk emerged in the mid-’70s. Famous among musicians for his ability to capture the moment, McCaffrey had great contacts with artists.
Undoubtedly, a lot has changed… “Getting access to the show was a lot easier than it was back then. It wasn’t uncommon to have access behind the scenes,” he said. “Looking back, the early punk days were a lot of fun. The atmosphere was always filled with electricity and energy. I haven’t seen anything like it since,” he added McCaffrey. rice field.
Concert photography presents a unique set of challenges. Rockstar tends to move around a bit and the lighting is never predictable. “Equipment has changed for the better,” he says McCaffrey. “The move from film to digital has brought many advantages. I usually shoot a roll of 36 exposures and walk away with maybe three keepers. At the time, daytime (outdoor) shows It wasn’t a hassle, but indoor (dark lighting) venues caused myriad problems.Today’s new digital technology is much better and easier to work in low light.”
It’s only been a few years since he covered the show, but Pharrell has had some memorable moments filming from the pits. “I tend to like shows that are more vibrant and engaging,” he said. Among his favorites… BB King was always funny. There was one show in particular when I was the only photographer in the pit. I was probably 10 feet away when he looked me straight in the eye and gave his thumbs up.I captured that shot and it’s still one of my favorite captures of him. Also, The Stones was an exciting show to cover, given its greatness and showmanship. ”
The exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, November 17, from 5-7 pm at the Dryden Gallery, 1350 Mineral Springs Avenue, North Providence. Photos are available for purchase from both photographers. The exhibition is on until January 7th.
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