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HTBARP 76 Matt Lief Anderson: Being The Photo Editor At Pitchfork

In this interview, Matt talks about why he hires photographers with weird styles that wouldn't work with most other publications. We talk about his passion for landscape and music photography and how your photos might be published by Pitchfork too.


HTBARP 75 Julie Gardner: Touring With Neil Young

Today’s guest is California based live music film producer, studio engineer, photographer, and designer Julie Gardner. In her long recording career as a studio engineer Julie have worked with some of the most successful recording artists and bands today, among them Neil Young, Van Morrison, Stephen Stills, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Gary Moore, Deep Purple, John Legend, The Cranberries and many more.


HTBARP 74 Ester Segarra: Being A Heavy Metal Photographer

If you’re a metal fan, chances are very good that you have already seen some of Esters work on album covers or magazine covers of the most famous heavy, doom death, and black metal bands. In this interview, we’re talking about her incredible portrait work and how she comes up with inspirations for her photos, the making of her book “Ars Umbra” and why it has its own soundtrack.


HTBARP 73 Drew “Rukes” Ressler: Being The No.1 DJ Photographer In The World

Today’s guest is DJ photographer Drew Ressler, better known as RUKES. Rukes is considered the #1 DJ photographer in the world (named #1 in the “Greatest Music Photographers Right Now” by Complex in 2012). All the hard work paid off when he landed his first tour with Deadmau5 in 2009, traveling all over the globe with him. From that point on, Rukes hasn’t slowed down and can now be found jetting around the world on any given day with DJs or music festivals like Ultra!


HTBARP 72 Maryanne Bilham: Working With Def Leppard And Carlos Santana

Maryanne is an award-winning photographer with 30 years of industry expertise spanning 4 continents. Best known for subjects including rock ‘n’ roll musicians, celebrities, and high-end advertising campaigns.


HTBARP 71 Robert M Knight: Working With Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck And Led Zeppelin

Today's guest is Robert M Knight. Raised in Hawaii and based in Las Vegas, Robert is a long time advertising photographer who also specializes in the rock and roll music industry. His career spans from 1968 to the present constantly working in the music industry for international record companies, publications, and music equipment manufacturers. Robert is best known for his "Guitar Legend" archive, having worked with such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray...


HTBARP 70 Katja Ogrin: Starting A Music Photography Career Abroad

Katja Ogrin talks about her beginnings back in Slovenia, music photography business and why she is still hesitant to switch to mirrorless camera systems.


HTBARP 69 Thomas Falcone: Crushing It As A Tour Photographer

In this interview, Thomas will talk about his touring experiences from his beginnings in a tour bus to exclusively flying and getting upgraded to first class all the time. He will reveal why he is talking to other photographers every day and we'll talk about his dreams doing more full documentaries.


HTBARP 68 Jerome Brunet: Self-publishing A Photo Book Using Crowdfunding

Today’s guest is Jerome Brunet, an award-winning photographer whose work has been published internationally in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Billboard, and The New York Times to name a few publications. In this interview Jerome will talk about the making of his upcoming book “Into The Light” and how he was able to raise $30 000+ for it on Kickstarter and why it’s a good idea to donate your work for non-profit organizations.


HTBARP 67 Greg Gutbezahl: Curating Your Own Music Photography Exhibition

Today’s guest is Greg Gutbezahl and in this interview, it’s all about exhibitions. Greg will give you a step-by-step guide on how to plan, curate and do the marketing for your own exhibition. And he’ll reveal which photo formats work best and we’ll discuss strategies on how to sell your work after your photos show.


HTBARP 66 Christie Goodwin: Working With Taylor Swift, Katy Perry And Ed Sheeran

Christie Goodwin with a career that spans over 35 years, gives insights into her world and talks about challenges, successes and her dreams. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in art photography, she initially shot fashion assignments but soon got restless and left the fashion world behind her. For a good decade, she shot mainly fine art projects and held regular exhibitions to showcase her work as well she shot political news and editorials.


HTBARP 65 Leo Mascaro: Starting A Music Photography Business In New York

Today’s guest is New York-based music photographer Leo Mascaro. Leo was born in Sao Paulo and after finishing his graphic design education, he moved to New York to start his career as a music photographer from scratch. In this interview, he'll share his best strategies to work with bands. Leo is also the administrator of the official HTBARP Instagram account where we choose the best concert photos tagged with #htbarp and features the coolest photos three times a week. Leo will give you...


HTBARP 64 Steve Rose: Being One Of The Tour Photographers For Journey

Today’s guest is California based music photographer Steve Rose. We’ll talk about how he started his career by taking photos of his cat (and Steve even got published in a cat photography book), how he became one of the tour photographers of the band Journey and how to master the challenge when shooting the same concert every evening on a tour.


HTBARP 63 Adam Elmakias: How To Become A Tour Photographer

It doesn’t matter if you know Adam from his work, being a social media star with 416 000 followers on Instagram or if you ordered one of his camera wristbands. This interview is for you if you want to get a behind the scenes look of being a pro music photographer. Adam will talk about how he started his career as a tour photographer and he’ll share his best tips and tricks to become one. We’ll discuss how important marketing really is for a photographer and why we both love giving back to...


HTBARP 62 Andy Tatt: Breaking Into the Music Festival Business

After finishing my online academy Shooting The Rockstars he got serious about becoming a music photographer and found a unique way how to break into this business. In this interview, Andy Tatt talks about how he built an awesome team of concert photographers out of the HTBARP community and shares his secrets on how he approaches organizers and promoters of festivals in order to work with them.


HTBARP 61 Bela Molnar: Music Videos And Live Events Filming

Bela Molnar is a director, producer, and photographer specializing in documentaries, music videos and live events filming. He has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in New York for a music video he did for Moby and Bela was in charge of 24 film cameras when shooting a performance of Jamiroquai. So this guy knows what he is talking about.


HTBARP 60 Bob Gruen: Working With John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Imagine documenting the beginning Rock N Roll in New York including artists such as Iggy Pop, Blondie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, KISS, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Alice Cooper and many more sounds very exciting to me. And I guess for a lot of you who are listening right now a dream would come true if you could have experienced what Bob experienced in his career. Bob Gruen became close friends with John Lennon & Yoko Ono and his photos are known as the most iconic and most used photos of...


HTBARP 59 Chester Simpson: Learning the Photography Business from Jim Marshall

Today’s guest is Rock N Roll Photographer Chester Simpson. Chester learned all the secrets of the photography business from legends such as Ansel Adams and Jim Marshall who took him under their wings, Both told him that he should always help other photographers which is an approach I really relate to. In this interview, we’ll talk about Chesters experiences and stories from his last 38 years. However, the main focus in this episode is the part of our industry where almost everyone is...


HTBARP 58 Coen Rees: Documenting The Britpop Era In England

Today’s guest is New York-based music photographer Coen Rees. While recording former episodes of my podcast one name was mentioned many times as an inspiration and therefore I needed to get Coen on the show. As an African French-born Londoner Coen built a huge archive of music photographs taken in England in the mid-nineties and therefore documented the rise of the “Britpop” era. As one of the few black rock photographers back then she moved to Los Angeles and finally settled down in New...


HTBARP 57 Sacha Lecca: Being The Photo Editor At Rolling Stone

Todays guest is New York based photographer and the deputy photo editor at Rolling Stone, Sacha Lecca. In this interview Sacha will reveal his best tips on how to get your work published in one of the most prestigious music magazines and we will talk about the future of our industry. Find Sachas work, his favorite camera equipment and much more on his show notes page at