This month’s featured artist is photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt. We had a chance to ask him some questions and get the story behind one of his photographs. Jimmy has been a close friend of the gallery for many years. He often attends our gallery openings and photographs the event. Sam, the gallery owner, helped Jimmy with his book Rock ‘N’ Roll Lens. Thanks Jimmy!
Of all the celebrities you’ve met and worked with, who had the deepest impression on you and why?
Stevie Ray Vaughan. He came across my path at a time in my career when it was important to be reassured about my work. He was a kind and patient subject and posed for me even though there were a lot of people around and he had other things to do. Quite simply he was one of the friendliest, nicest artists I ever had the pleasure to work with.
What do you remember about the first concert you ever went to?
The first concert I ever went to was the band America. I was a big fan and the show was at the Minnesota State Fair. I was a teenager working at the fair selling ice cream cones and my boss knew the people who ran the concerts and got me in.
What is your proudest moment of your career, thus far?
I’d have to say it’s a tie between receiving special recognition from the Make A Wish foundation for the volunteering I’ve done, and receiving the L.A. Music Award for photographer of the year.
Tell us more about your photo of Eric Clapton.
I took Jean, one of my models, to an Eric Clapton show. On the way she told me how excited she was because she loved Tom Petty.
“We’re going to see Eric Clapton,” I explained.
“Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, same thing.” She said, and I realized she had no idea who this musical giant was. As we drove, I gave her a brief history lesson.
We had excellent concert seats, and after I had photographed the first three songs, I returned to our seats but Jean wasn’t there. After the show was over and nearly everyone had left, here struts Jean, from backstage “Here’s your backstage pass, Jimmy.” she said. “Follow me.” Turned out during the show the whole band had been checking her out, and their tour manager had hooked her up with passes. So in the end it was Jean who introduced me to Eric Clapton.