Music photography is now treated as a long lost art and the opinion of this field amongst many is one where almost anybody can pick up a camera-phone and snap an artist on stage. This has led many people to no longer appreciate concert photography as something to be cherished; a profession where a great photographer can capture the essence of a performer and provide a high quality memory of a show that lasts for years.
One look inside Jérôme Brunet's new book "Into The Light" provides a triumphant reminder of all the great things a master photographer can accomplish, full of pictures which document a long history of delightful candid shots of musicians in their element.
Kicking off proceedings is a foreword by Steve Miller, telling the story of the first time he met the unassuming Brunet and the friendly surprise he experienced when he saw the pictures from the set that day. Jérôme follows, speaking about his love for music and photography and the very moment that set him on a trajectory to become the great artist he is today.
So who is Jérôme Brunet? He is an internationally published music photographer who has appeared in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Billboard, Popular Photography, American Photo, Guitar World, Variety and The New York Times. The calibre of his work has seen him consistently win awards for the last 13 years in a row and 'Into The Light' seems well on its way to continuing this trend, having just been nominated for The Lucie Photo Book Prize, a foundation dedicated to celebrating all forms of photography in print and online.
Into The Light has the ability to draw you into the soul of the music, the riffs and emotion; the essence of the performance without having been there at the time. The quality of the moments that have been captured will entrance music lovers everywhere, as it showcases the unspoken trust of musician and storyteller.
Going through this book, you get the sense that Brunet has shot everybody who matters; From Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and The Beatles to the late greats such as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. One of our absolute personal favourites however is the glorious shot of BB King, timed and shot to perfection and worthy of a masterclass all on its own!
With a portion of the proceeds from the book being given to the Pinetop Perkins foundation, there are multiple reasons why this book deserves to be purchased. If you are a lover of Rock n Roll, Soul and Blues music or if you are a student and an admirer of great photography, then this book deserves a place on your coffee table. Preorder your copy now.
The Standard Edition hardcover book features 208 pages, 9.25x12.75"inches in size and is printed on heavyweight fine art matte paper, with over 125 color and black & white images. The Deluxe Edition features the hardcover book in a deluxe cloth covered slipcase with an exclusive signed and numbered 8.5x11" fine art print of "B.B. King live at the Fox".