Rockin' the shutter
MT's main music photog looks back
Published: March 28, 2012
I still remember the day in the late '90s when I walked in to say hello to (then-music editor) Chris Handyside at Metro Times. Music writer Greg Baise had introduced us. I was a big fan of Metro Times' then-staff photographer Bruce Giffin, so I doubted they needed any photo help. I had been shooting a lot of bands after punching out at my record store job, though, so I just wanted to let him know I would be thrilled to contribute. As fate would have it, I walked in the day Bruce had quit, and then-arts editor George Tysh offered me a bunch of assignments for the upcoming summer guide. The rest is history, as they say. One story, band, writer or friend led me to another great musician, and the entire amazing music community of Detroit slowly unfolded before me. It seemed there wasn't a genre of music this city didn't do in style. All I was trying to do then was document and pay tribute to one of the most inspiring, diverse music scenes in the world. It's still the same today. Detroit never lets up.
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