When Radiohead played the Roseland Ballrom in New York in late September, photographer Michael Jurick
had a couple of problems on his hand. First, not to get too drawn into the “musical nirvana” happening on stage as the band broke into a hard-driving turn of “Morning Mr. Magpie.” And second, overcoming the wholly inadequate stage lighting.
“I had a burst of inspiration when Thom Yorke
moved into the light,” recalls the New York-based photographer. What followed, in his words, was “a true moment of photography bliss!“ Rolling Stone
thought so, too, as it ran a shot from Michael’s club date in a full-page story on the special intimacy of New York club shows.
“I follow the intensity of the band on stage and I feed off that intensity and try to bottle that in my photographs,” Michael says.
A 25-year veteran of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Michael has built a winning reputation for concert photography in venues of any size. This week Rock Paper Photo welcomes Michael to our online gallery
, presenting a notable collection of energy-capturing images of Radiohead
(opening its latest US tour this week in Miami),Phish
, Green Day
and others. Michael’s work is available for purchase
as fine art Archival Pigment prints in hand-signed numbered editions.
Michael, who also runs a thriving family portrait business, began developing his artistic passion at Tulane in the late 80’s. “Taking mental pictures at swampy juke joints and legendary music clubs of New Orleans, I soaked up and processed every last drop of that visual gumbo,” he says. After leaving the Big Easy for the Big Apple, Michael shot for the late night live music TV program, "ABC In Concert." The all-access provided by ABC gave him entrée into music clubs and theaters, and his shutter began to click.
Over the last decade Michael has traveled cross-country shooting the densely-packed lineups of festival tours. He is also the senior house photographer for Bowery Presents and works numerous New York venues, from Brooklyn Bowl to Roseland.
That means on any given night, if you’re out catching live music at a venue in New York, chances are you’ll run into Michael Jurick (like we did two weeks ago in front of the stage at Radio City). Just don’t expect him to stand in one place for long, because, for Michael, it’s all about boundless energy, and seeing the light.