« Rather than give an overall representation of the concert, the best music photographers will capture one sliver of stillness amid the madness—little details away from the stage, among the crowd. » Photographer Sacha Lecca advices to Huck Magazine on how to stand unique among the sea of budding photographers vying to make a career out of documenting live music. It’s much needed advice, especially when the typical arrangement for music photographers has you crammed in a thin passageway that represents the « photo pit, » with only the first three songs to capture a compelling and original take on the live act, only to end up with pretty much the same shot as that of your neighbor.
I’ve never been happy just shooting the first three songs at a concert, stuck in a pit with 20 other photographers all trying to get the same thing.
Sacha Lecca, on the other hand, opts for the more organic approach of befriending the act—no easy feat—that offers a much more intimate and candid result. « On a trip to London in 2008, I noticed that Foals were playing. I’d just started at Rolling Stone and they were being covered as a band to watch so, as long as I didn’t get in the way, they granted me full access, » says the now Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stones. Adding « I’ve never been happy just shooting the first three songs at a concert, stuck in a pit with 20 other photographers all trying to get the same thing. The challenge is to find a unique moment that will endure. »
Having taken up photography—and processing film—since age 12, Lecca went through a period of wanting to shy away from photography. Studying advanced mathematics and computer programming in University before switching to art history at NYU, the fate-driven photographer inevitably found his way back to the profession through a gig at Newsweek’s photo department. « By that point it felt like no matter what I did, something would always bring me back to photography, » Lecca admits. The man now continues to find the moments often missed during a live concert, and with his expertise, continues to bring us one of our favorite eyes in live music documentation of upcoming bands. Check out more of Sacha Lecca work here, and continue reading his interview here.
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