Shortly after having successfully launched their ongoing "Röckaholics" series of rock poster art shows in Zurich/Switzerland long time art collector Günther Dobrauz-Saldapenna and entrepreneur Jöne Mantel once more teamed up to present another art form just as close to their hearts and perfectly in sync with the spirit of the platform they have created: rock photo art.

Not only is live concert photography today recognised as having created a wealth of important documentation of contemporary culture it has also been said that of all the types of photography ever invented, it is up there among the most difficult. In particular rock photography. Just think about it: As the photographer you have thousands of fans behind you, the band in front of you and nobody ever stands still. In fact, even the notion of standing still ruins the idea of a good rock music photo. The bouncers hate you, because you are in their way. The crowd is jealous of you. Crowdsurfers will kick you in the head. The band thinks you're annoying. The lighting is never bright enough, and changes so frequently that even in the few moments that it is, you're likely not to get a good shot. It is an art.

In general a photo is the future of a single observation and interpretation of a moment of the past. A rock photo is even more than that. It is also about capturing the mood. Capturing the looks. Capturing something the audience is feeling and if done well giving it permanence and transporting it into subconscious archetypal imagery.

"Photography in general captures a moment in time, but rock photography captures the spirit and the soul of the moment and sometimes a movement. Our icons live on thru the great works of people like Bob Gruen, Jim Marshall, Gered Mankowitz, Mick Rock, Astrid Kirchherr, Henry Diltz, Glen Friedman, and many others. Rock photography is essential to any artist's persona, mystique, and public image. Without it a vital piece would be missing and the glow of love, and adoration we feel for our musical heroes would not shine as brightly."
(Eerie Von, former bassist of Danzig and photographer of the Misfits, author of "Misery Obscura | December 1, 2010)

"Music is ephemeral. You can¹t actually see music. It floats on particles of air colliding in pressure waves and, despite it¹s power, the human eye can¹t make sense of it. But as a photographer, my job is to make you see the music... to fill-in the blanks, to provide a visual connection for fans to their heroes. Rock photography shows you what the music sounds and feels like through everything that surrounds it. The sweat, the heat, the grime, the beauty, the dirt, the volume, the energy, the love, the anger, the passion, the joy, the camaraderie, the power, the worship, the spectacle... Everything. And, if done well, rock photography not only provides the visual bridge from the artists¹ music to their fans, but helps strengthen the connection. "
(Charles F. Jischeke, touring photographer of Billy Idol | April 18, 2011)

© Dobrauz-Saldapenna