A lit­tle snappy about pho­tos

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Song­writer Don McGlashan has dubbed be­ing pho­tographed a ‘‘nec­es­sary evil’’ when it comes to be­ing in the mu­sic busi­ness.

The 53-year-old mu­si­cian who is per­haps best known for his time with band The Mut­ton Birds as well as a raft of tele­vi­sion and movie sound­tracks, will be giv­ing a talk on his favourite photo in the Who Shot Rock & Roll ex­hibit cur­rently on show at the Auck­land Art Gallery.

The ex­hi­bi­tion orig­i­nally opened in Brook­lyn in 2009 and left the United States for the first time last year to be shown in Auck­land – where it is open un­til March 3.

Fea­tur­ing 173 in­cred­i­ble im­ages, Who Shot Rock & Roll doc­u­ments the his­tory of mod­ern mu­sic with a mix­ture of stu­dio and can­did shots of artists rin­clud­ing Elvis Pres­ley, Led Zep­plin, Bob Dy­lan and Amy Wine­house.

While Mr McGlashan is spoilt for choice, he is keep­ing mum on the photo he will be speak­ing about.

How­ever, the Eden Ter­race res­i­dent is happy to re­flect on his own time in front of the cam­era.

‘‘I’ve al­ways found hav­ing your pic­ture taken a bit of a nec­es­sary evil.

‘‘You spend time on your own work­ing to make some­thing in­ter­est­ing and then work with the band in the stu­dio but then in or­der to sell it you’ve got to plonk an im­age on top of it – which usu­ally in­volves stand­ing in front of a brick wall or in a flower bed,’’ he says.

‘‘Some of my worst times have been on photo shoots when the band is grumpy and no­body wants to be there, but hav­ing said that some of the mu­sic I love has been en­hanced by a great im­age.

‘‘If you’ve got a really good artist tak­ing the photo then it brings some­thing spe­cial to the mu­sic,’’ he says.

Mr McGlashan is speak­ing at the gallery’s Open Late ses­sion which runs from 6pm to 9pm on Jan­uary 22.

Dear Time’s Waste will be per­for- ming on the night and DJ Aroha will be spin­ning records.

Tick­ets are avail­able at event finda.co.nz or on the door.

Shot: Mu­si­cian Don McGlashan will be giv­ing a talk about his favourite photo in the Who Shot Rock & Roll ex­hi­bi­tion next week. Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to watch a video of

by Don

McGlashan.

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