Rockin' the shutter
MT's main music photog looks back
Published: March 28, 2012
Eminem at a rave 1999: From shortly before The Slim Shady LP came out. Hell’s Angels were doing security (apparently nobody running the show had ever seen Gimme Shelter). This was the closest I ever came to experiencing Beatlemania. I was getting smashed against the stage by women just trying to touch him (lots of photos of sweet manicures reaching in front of the camera). Exiting to avoid getting crushed, I was inadvertently knocked off the stage leaving me with a scar I have to this day. It was totally worth it.
Invincible: This is at the up escalator out of the IMAX theater at the Detroit Science Center. Alana and I must have gone down the up escalator at least 20 times to get the right shot. The security people just smiled at us the whole time. Wherever you are, thank you.
Saturday Looks Good to Me: It is true: Sometimes, as a photographer, all you have to do is show up. This is completely Fred Thomas' brilliant, ridiculous idea. I think, as a photographer, it always pays off to roll with other people's ideas.
Iggy: The very first shot I took at the Michigan Theater show. Shooting live shows can be a huge challenge sometimes, and sometimes it's a piece of rock 'n' roll cake.
Doug Coombe along with Trever Long (who teamed with author Jeff Milo to self-publish the book Detroit:Now) and Marvin Shaouni (whose work has graced several years of MT Best of Detroit issues) are featured in Detroit Music: A Photographic Retrospective through April 28, at the Whitdel Arts Gallery, 1250 Hubbard, Detroit; whitdelarts.com. Opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Friday, March 30, with music by DJ Carjack.
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