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‘Bruce Springsteen & The E Avenue Band Polaroid’, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. DANNY CLINCH/DannyClinch.com

In the summertime of 2022, photographs of Bruce Springsteen leaning towards his ‘69 SS Camaro took over the web. 

The Boss stands with certainly one of his favourite vehicles — its convertible high stylishly peeled again — towards the backdrop of the Carousel Constructing alongside the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

What just isn’t seen is the person behind the digital camera, Danny Clinch, who has shot a few of music’s most iconic photographs for over 4 a long time.

Clinch’s work has appeared on album covers and “60 Minutes” specials. It’s seen in murals throughout the globe and featured incessantly in most main publications, together with Rolling Stone, Self-importance Honest and The New York Occasions. 

His checklist of notable topics is infinite. Names like Neil Younger, the Foo Fighters, Johnny Money, Beyonce, Pearl Jam and Bob Dylan barely scratch the floor of Clinch’s huge portfolio. 

And but, for a person who makes his residing capturing essentially the most sought-after figures in up to date tradition, Clinch stays astonishingly humble, seemingly unaware of his place in music historical past, even whereas capturing its largest moments and the musicians who make them. 

Bob Dylan with a Spanish-language newspaper, 1999 in Los Angeles, California. DANNY CLINCH/DannyClinch.com

“After I was rising up, I used to be taking a look at issues like Rolling Stone journal and seeing these artists photographing the musicians I cherished,” Clinch stated throughout a current interview with the Keys Weekly. “I went to a workshop with Annie Leibovitz and was invited to be an intern at her studio, which led to me being an assistant. I bought to see how issues have been achieved proper, beneath somebody who’s obsessive about their craft as a lot as I’m.”

That have opened alternatives for Clinch, together with his shut relationship with fellow New Jersey native Springsteen, and it furthered what he calls “an obsession with documenting the artist and historical past.”

Along with his success and infinite accolades as a photographer, Clinch is an completed author and movie director. His documentary work options dozens of topics, together with Ben Harper, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon and Jay Z.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Clinch might be in Key West for opening night time of the Coast is Clear Music & Arts Competition. The Tropic Cinema will host an exhibit of his images and the San Carlos Theater will display screen his 2018 documentary, “A Tuba to Cuba.”

Neil Younger, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee. DANNY CLINCH/DannyClinch.com

The movie follows the celebrated Preservation Corridor Jazz Band on their journey to the Havana Jazz Competition, the place Clinch brilliantly captures what he calls “a stupendous relationship among the many music, meals and tradition of Cuba.” 

Preservation Corridor Jazz Band will take the stage for a dwell live performance on the San Carlos following the movie.

For Clinch, “A Tuba to Cuba” represents the rationale he has devoted his life to capturing notable musicians and their moments in time. He describes music as “the common language” that bridges the gaps between cultures and courses. 

Whether or not these moments happen whereas using in a Cadillac with Neil Younger on the best way to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, or throughout a photograph session with the late Tupac Shakur, Clinch has a manner of humanizing the artists so many people adore from afar. (Clinch tells the tales behind these musical moments in our current podcast interview with him at keysweekly.com.)

“Everybody has a distinct route. Mine was to indicate folks respect at each flip. Should you try this, you get it in return,” Clinch stated of his entry to stars. “I hope the images speaks for itself, however there’s much more to it than simply the photographs. They need their stuff to be documented and I’m positive they understand it’s their historical past.”

The Allman Brothers Band’s final present at New York’s Beacon Theater in 2014. Hear Keys Weekly’s interviews with Warren Haynes (third from left) and Derek Vehicles (2nd from proper) at keysweekly.com. DANNY CLINCH/DannyClinch.com

Coast is Clear founder Billy Kearins met Clinch eventually 12 months’s competition and the 2 shortly turned pals. 

“Danny was at all times a man I appeared as much as from afar,” Kearins stated. “He’s carved his personal path in an trade that isn’t at all times variety or straightforward — rubbing shoulders with all of my inventive and musical heroes alongside the best way.”

Kearins launched the Coast is Clear Music & Arts Competition in 2017 “within the wake of Hurricane Irma, as a solution to have fun the official finish of hurricane season,” he stated. “The mission has at all times been to spotlight the island’s most necessary areas by pairing them with world-class music and artwork to carry spirits after a gradual and stormy time of 12 months. Teaming up with native companions and establishments — Key West Artwork and Historic Society, San Carlos Theater, Inexperienced Parrot Bar, Tropic Cinema and Blue Heaven — reinforces the concept that group comes first, and the humanities are nonetheless really necessary right here in Key West. Plus the lineup is superb. The weekend might be one for the books.”

For extra on Danny Clinch and his portfolio, go to dannyclinch.com.  

Hearken to the complete podcast interview with Danny Clinch at keys-weekly.com 

The COAST is Clear Music & Arts Competition

Dec. 1-4

The place: Fort East Martello Parade Grounds, San Carlos Theater, Tropic Cinema & different Key West venues 

Who: Shakey Graves, Fruit Bats, Langhorne Slim, Hiss Golden Messenger, Preservation Corridor Jazz Band & extra. Plus a photograph exhibit & documentary screening by iconic music photographer & filmmaker Danny Clinch. Tickets: Go to coastisclearfest.com for remaining 1-, 2- and 4-day passes.

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