Danny Clinch – Walls of Sound Gallery

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Near the end of summer in 2014, I had the opportunity to interview esteemed music photographer Danny Clinch about his epic monograph Still Moving (Abrams) (which is available for purchase on Amazon). That interview is over at PopMatters. Then, a few weeks after, at the time of the book release, Clinch put together a party at the McKittrick Hotel where a lot of musicians came to pay their respects, many of whom sat in on a performance by the Tangiers Blues Band.

Clinch’s follow up project was a very limited edition book called Motor Drive, featuring artists and automobiles, as well as a gallery exhibit at Milk Studios with the opening night reception on March 3rd. The Milk Gallery website has some photos of the exhibition as well as a few words from the photographer about the process, “Clinch told Milk Made during the opening that this show, and it’s accompanying book release Still Moving, was something of an extreme labor of love. “I spent 25 hours on this wall alone” he says as he nods toward a gargantuan photo collage occupying the back wall of the Milk Gallery. “It’s been real great working on this show,” he continued, “it’s turning out better than I ever could have hoped for.” We had high hopes, but we couldn’t agree more.”

I took a few photos of the exhibit as well and have shared them below. But I was more excited to pick up a copy of an earlier Clinch book, When the Iron Bird Flies (RSUB) a collection of his work from the Tibetan Freedom Concerts between 1996 and 1999. The 1998 TFC in Washington D.C. at RFK Stadium was my first major concert experience and had a great impact on my music interests and political leanings. It was a lot easier to sneak onto the field in those days.

Following the opening reception, Clinch and the rest of the Tangiers Blues Band, plus guests including Tom Morello, performed at the Jam Room. Milk has a quick recap and pics here. They also have an interview with Clinch that is here.

All photographs contained within this post are of Danny Clinch’s work and the above banner is a screengrab from his site.

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