IGimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.
Photographer Adam DeGross has embraced several underground subcultures in the Twin Cities, and they've embraced him right back. In fact, he calls his photo business Subculture Photography, and mans Siege Booking to bring even more shows to the area.
Name: Adam DeGross
How and when did you get involved with music photography?
I bought my first camera when I was 18. At the time, I was helping promote punk shows in the city, so I just started bringing my camera to the shows. I think because I was actively involved in the underground music scene, people gave me a little more leeway when it came to bringing my camera around and taking photos of them. I started posting the photos on social media sites, and it took off from there.
What are some highlights of your professional photography experience?
My photos were added to the Andersen Historical Archives at the University of Minnesota. That was a great honor. I've also published a book of my photography called Pay Attention that has sold out four times now. This will be its fifth run of being printed. Slug from Atmosphere even tweeted about getting a copy of my book. I had my first art exhibit last year, and 800 people came. One of the best nights of my life. Edward Colver, legendary subculture photographer from the '80s, has become a fan of my work. We talk often, and this is the guy who took the cover of Black Flag's Damaged album, along with almost every classic punk/hardcore photo you can think of. There's just so many things that come to mind, and it's almost overwhelming to think about. I feel really lucky that so many people have taken a liking to my work, and understand what I'm doing.
Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?
My work is housed in the Andersen Historical Archives. I've done a number of exhibits; a few of my pieces are hanging right now at the Abstract Gallery in Northeast for a few more weeks. As far as stuff my photos are featured on I'm up to 20 7-inches, two picture discs, 20 12-inches, two 10-inches, 19 CDs, 10 tapes, over 50 different magazines, and a number of clothing items.
What is your favorite part of doing music photography?
Being able to capture a moment in time that will never happen again, being able to capture the raw energy from a show, or just being able to show people what the underground scene is like. A lot of people have never even heard of the venues I've shot at, or would be interested in the music. But they like the photos, and I enjoy that. I also just like being able to share my art with people, and it's just my form of expression.
What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?
Do your own thing, don't compromise your vision. Stick with it, because eventually it will pay off.
Support your music scene.
Kasey Jean Noll