After raising the money, through a crowd-funding campaign, to pay for the prints and frames, my first photography exhibition opened at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in east London on 14 January, consisting of 30 shots taken at Mamaco venues across London (The Forum, Jazz Cafe, The Barfly, The Garage, The Borderline and Hoxton SB&K) over the last three years. Most of the shots are of relatively unknown up-and-coming indie bands, but there are also some familiar faces such as Gary Numan, Martin Barre from Jethro Tull, Nick Lowe, and Jim Jones Revue, from their final gig. The idea behind the exhibition was to show iconic music photos rather than photos of music icons: images that try to capture the essence of live music in a creative way, instead of just being shots of someone famous performing.
The exhibition is running until 21 March 2015. Free entry.
All prints are for sale in limited-edition runs of 21 each. A printed catalogue of the exhibition is also available.
What people are saying
Chris is a fantastically diverse photographer, not only has he managed to capture the madness on stage, his stills are just as epic.
Chris has what one could call a musical eye, capturing bands in their perfect moments.
Sirius Flatz, manager of Molotov Jukebox
I really love the use of light in your music photographs. Even though there is a lot of energy and movement in them, they radiate an emotional stillness, which I think creates a very beautiful contrast.
Catie Disabato: PR Account Executive, Los Angeles
Chris captures the spirit of live music better than anyone and deserves to have his work shown to a wider audience.
Read the interview with me about the exhibition on gig-photographer.com