Don’t miss Rod Hunt: Portraits, Pits & Punks running for eight days only from 6pm Thursday 16 Feb and running until Sunday 19 Feb, then again from Thursday 23 – Sunday 26, at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown. Supported by our good friends at Young Henrys.
Rod Hunt is a passionate sharp shooting Sydney music photographer and has been perfecting his craft for over twenty five years ever since he loaned his parents camera and hit the local Sydney music scene documenting what his eye saw. Now an accomplished and sought-after photographer with many published works and awards, his upcoming exhibition, Rod Hunt: Portraits, Pits & Punks draws on his extensive catalogue of work for his first major solo show taking place from 16 – 26 February at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown (Sydney).
As a teen Rod frequented his local music venues shooting punk outfits such as Hard-Ons, Massappeal and the Hellmenn, at suburban venues such as Sutherland Royal Hotel and Penshurst Den, and in the city, the Lansdowne, the Journo’s Club, the Hopetoun and the Evil Star. “I noticed that hardly anyone was taking photos of these bands and initially I simply wanted to document them,” he explains. “That grew into wanting to try to capture the energy and excitement that I felt when I was watching them play. This was pre-digital photography, so it was less common to see people at gigs with cameras. That’s still a big part of what drives me – trying to capture the energy, excitement, action, personality and mood of a live performance in a still image; I still find it challenging every time I shoot a band.”
His impressive catalogue has been featured in the bulk of key music publications including Kerrang! (Australia and UK), Terrorizer (UK), Metal Hammer (UK), Rolling Stone (Australia), Australian Guitar, Jmag, Kerrang! and Blunt. He was the major photographer at Drum Media (now The Music) for many years and now holds that title at Unbelievably Bad Magazine. Rod has done photo shoots with many high profile artists, including Against Me, Alexisonfire, Andrew WK, Avenged Sevenfold, Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Fallout Boy, Good Charlotte, Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age), Killswitch Engage, My Chemical Romance, Opeth, Parkway Drive, Slayer, The Bronx, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Used, Violent Soho and many more. He has photographed all of Australia’s major music festivals on numerous occasions – the Big Day Out, Soundwave, Homebake, Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Dig It Up!, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Golden Plains and Meredith Music Festival. Rod has also covered music festivals internationally, including Rebellion (England), Hellfest (France), With Full Force (Germany) and Wacken (Germany).
Rod Hunt finds the extraordinary in the ordinary and approaches his work with the sentiment as renowned American photographer David Alan Harvey once said “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like”. A truly passionate music fan and musician himself, Rod is mostly self-taught and possesses an innate ability for taking photographs, particularly in the live format, and develops a real rapport with his subject matter – the key to getting supreme photos. Rod Hunt: Portraits, Pits & Punks is a celebration of Rod’s body of work and brings all of that to the audience and more.
Don’t miss Rod Hunt: Portraits, Pits & Punks running for eight days only from 6pm Thurs 16 Feb and running until 19 Feb, then again from Thurs 23 – Sun 26. at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown.
Supported by the Inner West Council and the Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown and Young Henrys. .