Online Group Exhibition - "Visual Audio” June 2019

"Matt and Kim“ by    Johnny Martyr    | Nikon FM2n + Kodak TMAX P3200 @ 6400

"Matt and Kim“ by Johnny Martyr | Nikon FM2n + Kodak TMAX P3200 @ 6400

Analog Forever Magazine is pleased to showcase 24 images in this month’s online exhibition, entitled Visual Audio. Curated by Michael Kirchoff, these photographs explore the results from a magical combination of photography and music, which have almost always been intertwined as two complimentary practices of art. The images presented show both passionate live performances and artists with their cherished instruments, and truly show how important music is to the art of photography.

Michael Kirchoff writes: When the idea came up to present an exhibition of images that spoke to the collaborative efforts between visual artists and musical artists, I knew we would get two things - vintage images of classic artists from creators who have been using film from the start, and those new to film who were going to experiment right alongside those who were pushing boundaries in the audio arts. I was not at all disappointed, so much so that it was extremely difficult to make the selections with more film types than I was expecting, and an amazing array of subject matter.

I must give praise to all who entered, for you showed me all the fire, energy, and sheer passion I was looking for. There were thoughtful portraits, environmental studies, still lives, and angst-ridden live performances shown. You took me back in time, and you presented me with what’s new and exciting. So much of the work was subjective, but what it came down to in the end was what worked for me in the sequence of the exhibition. Much like any great song or musical piece, I wanted to start intimately and have the images build in intensity to a crescendo that ultimately trailed off back into a personal space that had meaning and memory. It’s a nearly impossible task to please everyone, but I hope you see and feel what I intended to do.

In choosing a favorite image, I decided of course to go with the one that I feel created the peak of intensity and atmosphere for the exhibition. It was one that enabled me to build around it and create the sequence I felt most proper this time. It’s always so introspective, and can change with any mood, but this image is one that I knew would always satisfy my own interest in what can be experienced from music. It’s something that takes over and envelops you - it’s giving in and letting go - and fundamentally, It’s living a life full of passion and grace in the only way we know how.

- Michael Kirchoff

The Prize - 10 Rolls of Ilford Delta 3200!

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Congratulations to Johnny Martyr for winning this month’s exhibition! You will be receiving 10 Rolls of Ilford Delta 3200! Make sure you visit his website to see all of his great analog photography!

Ilford Delta 3200 is the world’s fastest black & white film with a nominal sensitivity of 3200 ISO. This panchromatic film is the perfect choice for any difficult available light photography conditions.

With its liberating high speed, unobtrusive grain structure and wide tonal range, Delta 3200 is ideal for fast action and low light photography including night time shots, gigs, sport and indoor architectural applications where flash photography is forbidden.

We know that you will use this film to its fullest potential in capturing more live music performances!


About the Curator

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Michael Kirchoff works in the worlds of both commercial and fine art photography. A commercial shooter for over twenty-five years, it is his fine art work that has set him apart from others, with instant film and toy camera images fueling more than a few bodies of work. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographic artist continues with assistance in constructing ones vision, reviewing portfolios, and finding exhibition opportunities, which fill the gaps in time away from active shooting.

Michael is also an independent curator and juror for a number of organizations and galleries around the country, including Photolucida’s Critical Mass. In addition, he spent ten years (2006-2016) on the Board of the American Photographic Artists in Los Angeles (APA/LA), producing artist lectures, as well as business and inspirational events for the community. Currently, he is also Editor-in-Chief at Analog Forever Magazine, and has recently founded the online photographer interview website, Catalyst: Interviews. Previously, Michael spent over four years as Editor at BLUR Magazine.

Michael’s fine art imagery has garnered recognition from the IPA Awards, PX3, Photographers Forum, and Critical Mass. His photographs have been published in L'Oeil de la Photographie, B&W (U.S.), Black & White (U.K.), Seities, Esquire, BLUR, Harpers, Adore Noir, Fraction, SHOTS, Diffusion Annual, and Lenscratch, among others. Michael also continues to exhibit his work domestically and  internationally, with more than a dozen solo exhibitions, and over fifty group exhibitions to date.

Connect with Michael on his Website and on Instagram!