Norwegian Metal in Warsaw

Order © Per Ole HagenTwo years ago I held an exhibition at the Galleri MAP in Oslo called Norwegian Metal in Concert. Last year the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs bought the rights to offer the exhibition to Norwegian embassies, and yesterday the embassy in Warsaw, Poland hosted the first exhibition together with a concert with the Norwegian black metal band Order. (Picture above: Billy Messiah from Order)

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What is the value of a concert photo?

Rafael Saadiq © Per Ole HagenThere are many problems in concert photography today. One is the ubiquitous photo contracts, specially the right grabbers. Another problem is all the editors, web sites and bands who expect photographers to just give away their photos for free. Why is photos supposed to be free, while the same people expect us to pay for music and magazines? (Above: Rafael Saadiq at the SXSW – are there too many concert photographers?)

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Seasick Steve, A Musical Treasure You Have To See

Seasick Steve © Per Ole HagenI first met Seasick Steve ten years ago at the Notodden Blues Festival. He had moved to Notodden two years earlier. I immediately liked the guy, and we had a talk about music and life in general. Since then I saw him several times the next year, but now I haven’t seen him for some years, mostly due to his extensive touring outside of Norway. Yesterday he played the main stage at the Slottsfjell Festival, and time has been good with Steve.

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Another Great Barn Dance at Leeann’s in Austin

Leaann and Karpe Diem at Leeann's Barn Dance © Per Ole HagenEvery year I have been in Austin for SXSW, I have attended Leeann Atherton’s Barn Dance the day after SXSW is finished. This year the weather was perfect with sun an temperatures in the 80’s, there were more people than I have ever seen there, and everyone were friendly and seemed to have a great time. (Picture above: Leeann with Karpe Diem.)

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Norwegian Grammy Winners 2012

Kaizers Orchestra © Per Ole HagenI want to congratulate all the winners of the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen) for 2012. Kaizers Orchestra were the winner of the highest hanging prize, the trophy that goes to one artist for exceptional qualities during the year, the “Spellemann of the year”. They also won the prize for the best Video. Here are pictures of some of the winners this year.

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Some Of The Best Metal Albums from 2012

Enslaved 27082011-03It is the time for Christmas and the yearly lists of the best albums of the year. Different magazines and radio shows have their own lists, and the forums have eager discussions about these lists. One of the music styles that causes the most discussions, is metal rock. Here are a few of the candidates for this year’s best metal rock album, international and Norwegian that I have photographed this last year and before. (Picture above: Enslaved, from the last Hole In The Sky Festival in Bergen 2011)

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Beth Hart, Live Pictures and New CD

Beth Hart 2011 © Per Ole HagenBeth Hart has been around the block and knows more about the darker sides of life than many of us will ever know. Lucky for her, she has survived and overcome her problems. That’s good for her, and good for her audience. As a performer, she knows what the audience like, and combines this with a high quality music performance. In October she releases a new CD, Bang Bang Boom Boom.

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Photo contracts, why are they always wrong?

Svenska Björnstammen at Pstereo © Per Ole HagenMany artists present contracts through their managements that they expect the photographers to sign before they are allowed to photograph the concert. These contract are sometimes different, but they have this in common that the artist, or rather their management, wants to control all aspects of the artist’s performance. (Den Svenska Björnstammen – above – never presented a photo contract.)

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