Brian Ritchie, 2013
Brian Ritchie, Violent Femmes founder, playing the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute, at the Bushfire Benefit concert, Hobart, 21st January 2013. I must have shot Brian Ritchie at all the MoFo festivals, hosted by David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art, since they began in 2009. So choosing an image was a huge challenge — wild bass rocker driving the beat, or as seen here, the contemplative flute player. I chose the latter, because it reflects Ritchie’s extremely eclectic and diverse musical abilities and tastes. Since the Femmes’ eponymous debut album in 1983, which eventually went platinum, he has explored many fruitful collaborations.
Giles Hugo is a photographer, writer and journalist who first wielded a 35mm camera with intent in late 1968 in his native South Africa.
Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.