Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Steven Cohen
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Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.
Steven Cohen has a lengthy history of hunting for "the shot" in photo pits everywhere around the Twin Cities. His work is featured in City Pages and the Local Current Blog, and several bands have hired him for portraits.
Name: Steven Cohen
How and when did you get involved with music photography?
In 1985, I saw a book by Beatles/Stones/Who photographer Ethan Russell (Dear Mr. Fantasy) illustrating that music photography was a thing. Later that year I snuck my 110 camera into Roy Wilkins Auditorium to shoot a few frames of Sting on The Dream of the Blue Turtles Tour. Ever since I've been looking for reasons to make my own music photography.
What are some highlight moments of your professional photography experience?
Being on assignment to shoot Paul McCartney at Xcel in 2004, it felt like I'd won the world. We were back at the soundboard and I didn't have a great camera or a good lens, but I got the shot. Several years later I had the opportunity to travel to The Ed Sullivan Theater in New York with the Jayhawks for Late Show with David Letterman, which was like a confluence of my favorite things.
Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?
Lots of images at my website and photo blog. A collection of 2013 Year In Review photos plus many older galleries at my site too. My pictures have been part of album designs for Tina & the B-sides, Dan Israel, the Jayhawks, Tommy Stinson, Peter Himmelman, Jennifer Markey, Dan Wilson, the New Standards, Courtney Yasmineh, Soul Asylum and more. You can see my work in the media at City Pages and Local Current Blog.
What is your favorite part of music photography?
Having the chance to document many legendary greats of rock 'n' roll, and having the opportunity to work with new bands.
What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?
Be considerate of the people you encounter, especially the audience.
Everyday I shoot rock 'n' roll I'm inspired by Dan Corrigan's classic image of Tommy Stinson captured mid-air.
Kasey Jean Noll
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