Rock N Roll Photo Panel Pitch for SXSW Music 2010

Here’s a pitch for a panel for SXSW Music Conference remixed from a panel at Northern Voice 2009 Rock n’ Roll Photo w/ Bev Davies + Kris Krug at Northern Voice 09. Like that panel, I’ll moderate a group of experienced band and concerts photographers about a variety of creative and technical and licensing issues.

ROCK n ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY. Photo by Uber Lexy
ROCK 'n ROLL PHOTO. Photo by Uber Lexy

Starting August 10, you’ll have a chance to vote for SXSW Panels and Presentations until Aug. 28th and your vote constitutes a portion of the selection process along with staff and an advisory board.

Read the whole submission below.

Also, for your voting consideration:

Hitchhiking to the Boardroom – Presentation Pitch for SXSWi10 – Dave Olson

‘From a Web of Pages to a Web of Streams’ Presentation for SXSW 2010 – Kris Krug  

Intelligent Online Media Monitoring Tools & Strategies Panel for SXSW Interactive – Kris Krug, Amber Case et al

Panel: Rock N Roll Photography

Madonna by Bev Davies via Uber Lexy
Madonna's 1st Ever Concert by Bev Davies via Uber Lexy

Blurb:

Photos are an integral part of building a music scene and attracting audience but there’s a chasm between amateur snapshots and pro photos which truly capture the band’s aesthetic. This panel explores how bands and photographers can work together (technically & creativity) to produce images which enhance the artist/fan relationship.

Questions:

  1. What do photographers want from bands when shooting them?
  2. What can bands do to be better subjects for photographers?
  3. What are characteristics of a great band or concert photo?
  4. How can photographers get great shots at shows with low light and fast action?
  5. What are the differences between shooting for love or money? Does it change your shots?
  6. Who are you shooting for? Yourself, the bands, the fans, the future?
  7. Everyone has a camera of some kind – how does this change the reasons/importance of your photos?
  8. What are rights licensing options for photographers?
  9. How can photographers build an audience by sharing and using Creative Commons?
  10. How can photographers build relationships with promoters/bands/labels?

Bios:

Dave O dons the silken artire of a Baller. Photo By KK
Dave O presents at SXSW - Photo By KK

Moderator Dave Thorvald Olson is a writer, podcaster and documentarian who frequently appears in media from High Times to CBC to BBC discussing counter-culture, art, hockey, and public policy.

Note: Dave Olson presented  F@ck Stats, Make Art spiel at SXSWi 2009 with solid reviews.

Why i am qualified to speak:

I’ve seen hundreds of rock shows, published punk rock fanzines, followed the Grateful Dead plus Elvis died on my 7th birthday. I presented this panel at Northern Voice conference in Vancouver BC – recap with video, slides, photos, reviews and live blog.

Also, I gathered up exceptional Panelists:

Bev Davies photographed most every punk rock band in, or through, Vancouver in the 1977-85 from DOA to Dead Kennedys to The Clash plus “emerging” major acts like U2, Motorhead and Madonna. Her intimate and distinctive B&Ws, which appeared regularly in the alternative press together form a compelling chronicle of Vancouver’s music history.

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Bev Davies & Kris Krug: Rock 'n Roll Photo @ SXSW. Photo by riacale

Kris Krug regularly shoots bands along with fashion shows, tech conferences, Olympic Games and international travel. Known for his cross-processed style, he shares his shots with Creative Commons licensing, regularly organizes photo walks and contributes to conferences including TedX Shanghai, Gnomedex, PopTech, Petcha Kutcha and Northern Voice.

More about Rock N Roll Photography panel:

Photos are a key component of building a music scene or movement as well as engaging audience for a musical act, but there is a huge difference between some snapshots and photos which capture the band’s aesthetic and essence. Plus, photographers shooting for magazines or freelance don’t always want to share the licensing which allows the band to use the shots for their own promo use.

This panel with noted rock n roll photographers explores how bands and photographers can work together to produce images which thrill the band and inspire the fans. Beyond the technical points of photography, moderator Dave Olson will discuss how the manner of working, point of view, and setting are key contributors to quality results and ask the panelists how they find inspiration, develop a unique style, capture atmosphere, and form working relationships with the artists ~ plus technical tips to get in the pit and make a great rock shot.

Also, for your voting consideration:

Hitchhiking to the Boardroom – Presentation Pitch for SXSWi10 – Dave Olson

‘From a Web of Pages to a Web of Streams’ Presentation for SXSW 2010 – Kris Krug

Intelligent Online Media Monitoring Tools & Strategies Panel for SXSW Interactive – Kris Krug, Amber Case et al

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