Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Zoe Prinds-Flash

Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.

Zoe Prinds-Flash has already gained the trust of several local artists, and is frequently employed in a behind-the-scenes capacity. She's worked backstage with Doomtree, in the studio with Trampled By Turtles, and has done portrait work with several other acts.

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Name: Zoe Prinds-Flash
City: Minneapolis, Minnesota

How and when did you get involved with music photography?
When I was a sophomore at South High School, Dessa (of Doomtree) came into my lit class and performed some spoken word. At that time I was bringing my brand new digital SLR with me everywhere. (I had bought it as a result of several summers life-guarding.) I sent her the photos and she invited me to shoot a show. This was the entry point I was looking for in terms of shooting live concerts. What was important about that moment was that someone I looked up to took a chance on me -- I was this ridiculously tall, overly nostalgic, inexperienced photographer and somehow found myself later that year blocking concert-goers' vision in photo pits around town.

What are some highlights of your professional photography experience?
Oh man, there are a lot. In 2012 Dave Simonett invited me to photograph Trampled By Turtles' recording sessions in a beautiful cabin north of Duluth. It was a heartwarming experience-- those dudes are some of the nicest and most hospitable people.

Staying friends with the Doomtree cats has been wonderful -- not only do I have a visual archive of them for the last seven years, but they're family now. Every blowout is a fun reunion.

This is a dorky one, but everyone who knows me, knows that my favorite band is Califone. This past summer Tim [Rutili, of the group] played a living room tour and landed at a warehouse off Grand and Lake Street. After harassing them on multiple social media platforms Tim agreed to let me do a shoot with him after the show. I was a nervous wreck but he was wonderful.

I got "recognized" once this year too. Some drunk girl at one of the Doomtree blowouts was like, "Oh my god! there's that photography girl!" That was amazing.

I think just being 23 and being mentioned in this insanely talented list of photographers is enough of a highlight. That is crazy to me.

Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?
My non-music photographs are currently in the basement of The Nicollet coffee shop. Trampled put some photos from the recording sessions in the album art for Stars and Satellites, I was published on the front page of the New York Times' arts section in October for a project I did with Springboard for the Arts. That was a shock -- I ran to the Walgreens by my work and frantically asked if they had any more copies. The lady looked at me like I was crazy and I kind of half-yelled, "I think I'm in it?!"

I am hoping to get to work on a photo book soon and I'll be having more shows around town.

What is your favorite part of doing music photography?
My friend Crista once told me that when I'm shooting a show I do this thing, and when I do this thing, she knows i'm getting That Moment That Really Captures It. I am really excited she said this because that is my goal with a lot of the candid or live photography. I love that part of it -- the part where I become invisible.

What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?
Be honest, and unmerciful.

Finalist Profiles:
Adam DeGross
Anna Gulbrandsen
Cameron Wittig
Chad Rieder
Dan Corrigan
David McCrindle
Emily Utne
Erik Hess
Kasey Jean Noll
Leslie Plesser
Mark Kartarik
Meredith Westin
Nate Ryan
Rebecca McDonald
Ryan Siverson
Sara Montour
Stacy Schwartz
Steven Cohen
Tony Nelson
Zoe Prinds-Flash

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