Project Description

“One of Rock’s preeminent photographers, Jay Blakesberg first picked up a camera at the age of 16 and began documenting the Grateful Dead shows. Over the next 30 years, he has gone on to capture some of music’s most iconic figures- Tom Waits, Neil Young, Keith Richards, John Lee Hooker, Joni Mitchell, and more- in the act of being themselves. He has the ability to stop time, subvert place, and cast everything in a powerful spectral light. But perhaps his greater talent is his ability to coax his subjects out of their comfort zone both with force of his personality and formidable imagination. He pushes them to places where they have never imagined going to- and as a result reveals so much more about them…”        -Jaan Uheiszki


Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer and video director whose work appears regularly in many magazines, including Rolling Stone and Guitar Player. Over the last 25 years his photographic rock and roll journey has seen him work with many legendary artists including Carlos Santana, Tori Amos, Jane’s Addiction, Radiohead and Phish to name just a few. He has published several volumes of his work, which include books on The Grateful Dead, Primus and The Flaming Lips. Recently he has directed live video for The Flaming Lips, REM, Spearhead, Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh, Widespread Panic and many others.

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