The SLC Photo Collective celebrates its first year with a photography exhibition highlighting the 25th year of the Twilight Concert Series.
“Consider it a collaborative celebration between music, photography, and the people within our local community that bring it all together,” the collective stated in an event invitation.
The exhibit will be held at the SLC Photo Collective (561 W. 200 South) and the opening will be Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. Attendees must RSVP here to be added to the guest list.
Nas playing the most recent Twilight Concert Series, July 19, 2012
“In this first year, [the SLC Photo Collective] has been blown away by the amount of support from the local community,” founder Dave Brewer says. “It’s a new concept for the area. Although a co-op isn’t new—I hate to call it a co-op—we’re trying to fill in the gaps between collaborative projects amongst artists and having a space for photographers to utilize.”
To read more about the ethos and goals of the photo collective, read this blog from when it first started. They have expanded in the past year to include workshops and classes with more projects in the works, which Brewer hesitates to elaborate upon just yet.
A shot of Beach House opening up the 25th anniversary season of the Twilight Concert Series
Brewer is also a staff photographer for the Twilight Concert Series and the Salt Lake City Arts Council, so pulling together this exhibit was fairly seamless. “Not only are we celebrating 25 years and the evolution of the Twilight Concert Series, we are showcasing the history of photography,” Brewer says, referring to how photography technology has evolved.
Patrons will see large-format digital prints side by side with prints from film. Brewer picked out 100 shots from the past five years, along with two or three slides/negatives from each year from 1989 onward.
A photo from back in the day
It will be interesting to see a wide variety of bands and crowds—from the numbers in attendance to fashion sense—over the 25 years of shows.
A crowd shot when the event was held at Library Square
And another of the bustling record attendance from the 2011 season. Big difference, right?
Brewer stressed several times over the course of our phone call that this exhibit wasn’t about him—although he admits to being indebted to the series. “Twilight has been such a huge influence in my life,” he says. Through persistence, he says—without going into the minutiae of it all—he got the job as the second photographer in 2008. He hasn’t looked back since, and has plenty of stories to tell, like of this shot of Thurston Moore’s foot:
It was probably 2009 when Sonic Youth came through to play. It was a pretty cool opportunity to shoot the band, although I kind of skipped that [music phase] growing up. The band brought on huge stage lights, and photos were looking awesome. I talked to Thurston briefly before the show, and I felt confident to do my thing. I put my camera on the stage with a fish-eye lens, and right then Moore went to step on my camera--he literally put his foot on my lens. I thought he was pissed! So I went into the crowd and away from the stage. Casey asked me to come backstage to shoot a couple portraits. I apologized [to Moore] for invading his space and reminded him that he stepped on my camera. But he said that he wanted to get a shot of him coming down on the camera. It’s one of my favorites, now. And the story evolved. When he came back when he played solo I brought a few prints. I found a little folding table, put a lamp on it so he was going to have to see them eventually. I set up a Thurston Moore trap. But I didn’t want to bother him. And they caught his eye after the show, and I introduced myself and retold the story. He loved seeing them. It was really cool.
Here’s a few more shots that you’ll be able to see at the exhibition:
Iron & Wine
All photos courtesy of Salt Lake City Arts Council and SLC Photo Collective