Music and Photography

Whenever I see people playing musical instruments, I am always drawn to photograph them. This is certainly nothing new, but it came to the forefront of my mind after photographing Richard Tognetti at Parliament House a few nights ago, and then the next night seeing a quartet also playing at Parliament House at the National Rural Women's Awards.

A quartet performs at the Rural Women's Awards at Parliament House in Canberra.

A quartet performs at the Rural Women's Awards at Parliament House in Canberra.

Two of my favourite photographers, André Kertész and Josef Koudelka both photographed musicians rather extensively and I always think of a few of their images when I am making my own photographs of performers, especially the violin. Their poeticism of imagery will always inspire me greatly.

Trio Ráckeve Hungary (1923) by André Kertész.

Trio Ráckeve Hungary (1923) by André Kertész.

The Roth Quartet, Paris, (1927) by André Kertész.

The Roth Quartet, Paris, (1927) by André Kertész.

A musician in Esztergom, Hungary (1916) by André Kertész.

A musician in Esztergom, Hungary (1916) by André Kertész.

Blind musician in Hungary (1921) by André Kertész.

Blind musician in Hungary (1921) by André Kertész.

Moravia (1966) by Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos.

Moravia (1966) by Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos.