Session Spotlight: The Band Portrait

Written by Rory Burbeck | March 4, 2014
Photographers Bob Gruen & Anna Webber

Ever wonder what goes into making a photo shoot successful for an artist or band? The answer isn’t simple, but we’ve assembled a pretty respectable panel of experienced photographers who will discuss the topic at the SXSW 2014 Music Conference, Thursday, March 13 in Room 15 of the Austin Convention Center beginning at 2:00PM.

The speakers involved in this session have been through their fair share of photo shoots. Anna Webber will be moderating the discussion - Webber has taken portraits of Willie Nelson, Beck, Jim James and more, and her work has been featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Spin, and Pitchfork.

You’ve probably seen a few photos snapped by Lynn Goldsmith. In addition to photographing legends such as Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, Goldsmith also has also put together over 100 album covers and written songs alongside the likes of Sting, Steve Winwood and Todd Rundgren.

Bob Gruen is bringing more than forty years of rock ‘n’ roll photography experience to the table, having captured luminaries like John Lennon, Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, and many more.

BP Fallon is the latest addition to The Band Portrait: Marketing ‘Perception’ session. The musician, photographer, and author was Led Zeppelin's publicist in the 1970s, has worked with T. Rex and Thin Lizzy, and created records with Jack White on Third Man.

As if the aforementioned panelists weren’t enough, Piper Ferguson brings her past experiences as a photographer and producer, creating art and snapping photos for Filter Magazine, iTunes and more. Ken Weinstein, President of Big Hassle Media, rounds out the panel with his years of expertise branding and marketing countless bands and musicians like Robert Plant, Tom Petty, Kings of Leon, and Mumford & Sons.

Join us on Thursday, March 13 in ACC Room 15 starting at 2:00PM as our esteemed panelists discuss the elements that can make or break both the success of a shoot and the full range of perceptions involved in developing one. The speakers will go into detail about the bond between band and photographer, between band members, photography crew, and the marketability of a successful end product to an audience.