Fort Useless: Photographer Biographies and Information
120dB Concert Photography By:
Curated by: Maryanne Ventrice
Jessica Amaya is a freelance photographer in the New York City area whose main focus is concert and portrait photography. Her work has been featured in Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, QRO, Bumpershine, Prefix, Spin, NYC Taper, Amplified, We (heart) Music, The Frisky.
Abbey Braden has been working in darkrooms since age 11. During her 7 years as a full time concert photographer, Abbey’s photos have been commissioned by publications such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, SPIN, Metal Hammer UK and Alternative Press as well as record labels including Universal, Warner Brothers, XL, Modular, and Moshi Moshi. She is the official photographer for All Tomorrow’s Parties US every September. Festival season in 2011 took her from Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza to events in Oslo, Barcelona, and Melbourne. After starting the year off attending by:Larm and SXSW she is looking very forward to hitting the road for the 2012 season. She currently is a brand ambassador for Virgin Mobile Live, hosting their daily radio show as well as Virgin Mobile Freefest and proving music content (and photos of course) for their multimedia lifestyle platform. She would like to thank her mom for her unwavering support, Simon for his continuing inspiration, The Hives, SFJ for the photo passes, Cameron and Maria for being the best partner in crime and Dyanna Kass of Interscope Records (plus the countless friends whose birthdays she has missed because of shoots).
Amanda M Hatfield is a visual artist and photographer. From a young age she has been driven to create images that document and reflect upon the world around her, with whatever mediums are close at hand: starting with crayons as a child, on to pencils, paint, and cameras. Combining her love of music, particularly the full sensory experience of seeing and hearing it live, with these aesthetic tendencies was a natural progression. Amanda lives and works during the day in northern New Jersey, and travels into the city at night for shows as often as possible. When she has time, she also does portrait, nature, and event photography, and drawings and paintings of people, real and imaginary.
CSS – Webster Hall – October 22, 2011
Florence + The Machine – Le Poisson Rouge – April 8, 2010
John Maus – Mercury Lounge – June 29, 2011
Phantogram – Maxwells – November 18, 2011
The Antlers – Webster Hall – December 10, 2011
Amanda would like to thank her friends and family for their support and encouragement, and for occasionally putting her up on their couches and floors when she’s missed trains. Special thanks to her parents for buying her that first 35mm camera as a Christmas present at 14.
Leia Jospe shoots for brooklynvegan.com regularly.
Her work has been featured in…The Wall St Journal, The London Times, NME, Blender Magazine, Vogue, New York Magazine, Variety, Skyscraper Magazine, Color Magazine, The Times Herald Record, The Photo News, Gothamist, single art for “Hologram World” by Tiny Masters of Today, MySpace.com, Sup Mag. She is available for hire for parties, headshots, shows, etc. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Death Set – SXSW – 2009
Lightning Bolt – Above the Auto Parts Store – Oct. 30th 2009
Screaming Females – Above the Auto Parts Store – Oct. 24th 2009
Wavves – Market Hotel – Feb. 5th 2009
The Mummies – Southpaw – June 10th 2009
Confetti from Yeah Yeah Yeahs – MHOW – Sept 29th 2009
Leia thanks BrooklynVegan and Abbey Braden for giving her, her first concert shooting gigs and jump starting her career as a music photographer. Also to all her friends and the bands that have used her photos for things to help her get her name out there.
Born in New Jersey a mere nineteen years ago, Devyn Manibo has grown to be a curious character with a passion for creating. She is currently in her second year student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, studying documentary film and performance art. She spends her spare time cooking glorious meals, petting kittens, and why yes, she shoots shows sometimes too.
Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females – Siren Festival – July 17th, 2010
Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs – Pier 54 – July 14th, 2011
Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim – Siren Festival – July 17th, 2010
Janelle Monae at Music Hall – Williamsburg – April 16th, 2009
Devyn would like to thank her pops for giving her her first camera when she was 14, her madre for helping her to realize the potential of her creative eye, and every single artist she have ever photographed because they are all magical.
Samantha Marble Samantha Marble is a New York based photographer specializing in narrative portrait and documentary photography. Born in New Jersey, bred in Philadelphia, she was introduced to the camera at 14 where she would document the local skateboarding and hardcore scenes. At 16, with the help of her mentor she built a darkroom in her parents basement. Film processing and darkrooms became the backdrop of her life where she would spend countless hours. Upon graduation, she received a photography scholarship that allowed her to attend FIT and move to New York City in 2000. For the past seven years she has been dedicated to photographing the city’s thriving independent arts scene. Capturing images ranging from up-and-coming artists, actors, designers and bands, to models and cultural icons, along the way. Her work didn’t go unnoticed, media outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, Terrorizer, Decibel, Tokion, Inked, High Times, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, CVLT Nation, Noisecreep, Time Out NY and The NY Daily News, amongst others, came knocking. Samantha currently resides in Brooklyn and continues to support the local business owners and artists that make her city so great. She can be found front-and-center at almost any metal show, sans earplugs.
Iggy Pop – ATP Fest – September 3rd 2010
Slayer – Izod Center – August 10th 2010
Watain – Santos Party House – December 2nd 2010
Yob – Emo’s – March 18th 2011
Willie Nelson – Grand Ballroom – May 7th, 2010
Samatha would like to thank: Fred Pessaro, Brooklyn Vegan, Brandon Stosuy, Brian Montuori, Justina Villanueva, Kim Kelly, Meghan McRae & Sean Reveron.
Gabi Porter is a New York-based freelance, documentary photographer and writer who specializes in nightlife, food and drink, and live music. Her work strives to capture the energy and vitality of the city in photographs, from underground art costume parties, to warehouse dance raves, to the tables of New York’s finest culinary destinations and music venues of every size (from DIY to MSG).
Her work has been seen in: Metromix New York, Food Republic, Zagat Buzz, Brooklyn Vegan, Prefix Magazine, New York Magazine, BUST Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, Thrillist, XXL, Under the Radar, AP, The Village Voice, JustinTimberlake.com, NPR.com and The New York Post
Her clients include: Employees Only, Macao Trading Co., Lani Kai, Current TV, Campari, Marie Brizard, Louis Royer Cognacs, Pernod Absinthe, Zu Vodka, EMI Music, Hollywood Records, Tell All Your Friends PR, Keppler Speakers, KEXP
Iggy Pop – United Palace – April 9, 2007
Peaches – Terminal 5, – November 14, 2009
Robyn – Music Hall of Williamsburg – July 28, 2010
OJ San Felipe of X-ray Eyeballs – 285 Kent – April 20, 2011
The Black Lips – Webster Hall – April 12, 2011
Mark Ronson – Webster Hall – December 19, 2009
Prices available on request. Contact Gabi: email@example.com
Gabi would like to thank her mom for putting up with her drunk ass for all these years. And all her past bosses for dealing with her punctuality issues, especially Jeanne Meyer
Emily Tan is a NYC-born, Jersey-raised music, pop culture and lifestyle journalist. After picking up a Polaroid camera at the age of 8, she was hooked. Emily shoots portraits, concerts, dance, events but also does street photography whenever she gets the chance to explore. Her work has appeared in AOL Music, Prefix Magazine, Yahoo!, VillageVoice.com, Audioholic Media, Spinner, Major League Gamers, CMJ, and Bowlegs Music Review. Emily is currently based in the UK and pursuing her masters degree in Media Industries at the University of Leeds. But that doesn’t stop her from filling her calendar with gigs and photographing the bands that come to town.
Lovefoxxx of CSS – Bowery Ballroom (NYC) – May 15, 2011
Chromeo- HMV Forum (London) – November 25, 2011
Ellie Goulding – Webster Hall (NYC) – March 24, 2011
Joe Jonas – House of Vans (NYC) – July 7, 2011
Peter Silberman of The Antlers – Leeds University (Leeds, UK) – November 12, 2011
Emily would like to thank her parents for giving her enough allowance to buy film as a child and for always supporting her. And thanks to all the people who were willing to get their photo taken (even if they didn’t want to) so she can practice.
Tear-n Tan – Born in Burma (now Myanmar) to a Chemist and Engineer, Tear-n took a far different path from the traditional science studies of her parents. With little interest in the sciences (or perhaps a major disliking for), Tan’s love of art was fostered at an early age. With “fashion shoots” in her Los Angeles bedroom as a tween, she began her photography hobby with a cartridge film camera and lame poses.
After studying black and white photography in high school, she attended Pasadena City College and acquired her Associates degree in Photography along with a Photography certification. Tear-n then traveled to NYC to earn her BFA at the School of Visual Arts, with an emphasis in fine arts, documentary, and street fashion photography.
Tear-n was a regular contributing celebrity photog for the Scene Et Al, Los Angeles section of fashion/celeb publication Detour Magazine. Her work has also been published in InStyle, People, Us, The Wall Street Journal, VillageVoice.com, and countless foreign pubs as well as various music sites including Brooklyn Vegan, Sentimentalist Magazine, and Girl About Town. She currently shoots for various photo agencies in Los Angeles and Paris as a celebrity, portrait, and live music photographer.
Based in New York City, Tear-n is currently focusing on video and Final Cut Pro editing, as well as her photography. She is also returning to her school passion of fashion photography, but is still in love with music photography, with hopes of doing more video as well. She never leaves the house without some visual recording device. When not shooting, she is working on her site, various blogs, or watching “The Devil Wears Prada” for the 9,000th time…That’s all…
Tear-n’s photography services include promos, headshots, portraits, special events, live music events, wedding/engagement photos, and videography. If you are interested in hiring please send an email for rate inquiries to:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Henry Fonda Music Box, Hollywood – March 13, 2004 $125
Wiz Khalifa – Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn – August 23, 2009 $325
The Pigeon Detectives – Knitting Factory, NYC – June 13, 2007 $125
The Automatic Automatic – Bowery Ballroom, NYC – July 26, 2007 $125
Fenech Soler – Pianos, NYC – October 19, 2010 $175
Michael Monroe – John Varvatos, NYC – May 6, 2010 $175
Liars – McCarren Pool Park – July 4, 2008 $175
Tear-n would like to thank her family and friends. She would also like to thank Maryanne and Jeremiah for putting together this exhibit.
Maryanne Ventrice is a photographer based in New York City with an eye for the personal in public performance and the history in the single moment. She believes the camera does not so much frame the individual as fashion an open dialogue, resulting in work that is first and foremost a collaborative effort. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Penthouse, Time Out New York, Time Out New York Kids, Random House, Sonic, Princeton Alumni Weekly, KEXP.org, Gothamist, The Apiary, Prefix, Impose, Brooklyn Vegan, The Music Slut, on other music websites as well as on performers and author’s websites.
She has been the official photographer of the KiDROCKERS series in New York City since 2007. KiDROCKERS produces concerts that feature some of the most engaging and vital artists in indie music and comedy. These all ages shows are designed to bring families together to enjoy new music. Artists perform original (not specifically made for children) songs in a manner that is both authentic and kid-friendly.
We Are Augustines – The Bell House – September 26, 2010
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – South Street Seaport – July 10, 2011
Girlfriends – Fort Useless – August 5, 2011
Flying Pace – Fort Useless – March 6, 2011
Clouder – Fort Useless – August 5, 2011
Bermuda Bonnie – Fort Useless – November 7, 2010
Sharon Van Etten – Fort Useless – Augut 24, 2009
Binary Marketing Show – Fort Useless – January 16, 2011
Maryanne would like to thank: Rose Ventrice, Kristin Martinez, Jeremiah McVay, Francesco Marciuliano, Jefferson Jowdy, William McCarthy, Bryan Bruchman, Chris LaPutt, Marta DeLeon, Dave Park, Madalyn Baldanzi, Nicole Yun and Alberto Amaya. She would also like to thank all the photographers in this exhibit for their participation and tireless dedication to their craft.
Diana Wong is a native New Yorker who started going to concerts as a teenager. She takes photos for Brooklyn Vegan and House List. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, NPR.com, Sup Magazine, and more.
Diana would like to thank her parents, above all, for their continual support. She also wants to give a shout out to her circle of concert buddies (they know who they are) for introducing her to the thrill of gigs way back in high school. She probably wouldn’t know the cozy trenches of photo pits nor the shrill ring of tinnitus otherwise. Diana would also like to thank Abbey for the pointers and +1s, Mina for being a awesome”frienditor” way back when, Chris for the “mehs”, and Riley for the help picking and mounting these photos.
Dana (distortion) Yavin is a professional photographer, filmmaker and video editor specializing in music and arts- documentary. She has worked with high profile bands and musical acts to capture the essence of their music and performance in high resolution digital format and film. Some of the bands she has filmed include Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Metallica, The Strokes, The Pogues, Motörhead, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Gogol Bordello, Jack White, Jane’s Addiction, Devo, PJ Harvey, Butthole Surfers, The Kills, Pixies, Elvis Costello, Jane’s Addiction, New York Dolls, Melvins, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Echo and the Bunnymen, Cut/Copy, Social Distortion, Interpol, Patti Smith and many more. She is skilled in video editing and camera work—credited to her depth of experience and two film degrees—from the School of Visual Arts in New York (2004) and Camera Obscure in Tel-Aviv (2000). In addition, Dana wrote, directed, and edited two feature-length films “Stolen” and “FlatMates” (winner National Board of Review Award 2003). Dana (distortion) Yavin was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel and lives in her favorite place in the world, New York City.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters – Madison Square Garden- November, 12th 2011 $450
Perry Farrell of Jan’e Addiction – Irvin Plaza – October, 17th 2011 $450
Liam Gallagher of Beady eye/Oasis- Terminal 5 – December 9th 2011 $400
James Hetfield of Metallica, The Big 4 – Yankee Stadium – September, 14th 2011 $400
Noel Gallager of Oasis – Beacon Theatre – November 14th, 2011 $400
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth – Williamsburg Waterfront – August 12th, 2011 $400
Paul McCartny – Yankee Stadium – July 16th 2011 $450
Patrick Carney of The Black Keys- Webster Hall – December 6th, 2011 $450
Dana would like to thank Idit and Isaac Yavin, Hagit Marcus, Evyenia Gennadiou and a special big thank you to Brooklyn Vegan.
Miss Modernage (Laura Young) was born, raised, and currently lives in New York. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from a fancy university located in downtown New York City. She has traveled to various cities in Europe and Asia and briefly lived in London, England in 2001.
Her freelance rock journalism portfolio includes writing the Spring 2004 cover story on The Von Bondies for Venus, interviewing The Distillers for NME, and talking to Whirlwind Heat for Earlash. She has also written for Paper, CMJ Music Monthly, Blender, Let Them Eat Lead, and Jersey Beat. Miss M has also appeared as a New York City correspondent on the wildly popular Jo Whiley Show on BBC’s Radio 1 in the UK and on Hype Machine Radio.
Miss Modernage was declared “Best Scenester” by The Village Voice in 2003 and has been interviewed by The New York Press about bloggers and the New York rock scene. Miss M has done several DJing stints at various clubs in the New York metro area. She has spun at Filter 14 (for Modern Snack Bar), Southpaw, Pianos, and Rothko.
Any queries regarding writing/photography opportunities can be sent via email to edit @ themodernage.org.
Miss M’s favorite movies include Clueless, 200 Cigarettes, Trainspotting, and The Social Network. Her favorite TV shows include “Mad Men,” “Dexter,” “Top Chef,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Skins: UK,” and “True Blood”.
Miss Modernage loves New York Magazine. She likes bunnies, knitting, and rock shows. She definitely does not get out as much as she did in her youth, but she is still around.
And one time Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon felt compelled to cradle her in his arms like a child.
The White Stripes – Union Square Park – October 1, 2002
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Santos Party House – April 12, 2009
Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins – Angel Orensanz Foundation – February 5, 2006
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals as “Cold Roses, Inc.” – Bowery Ballroom – June 23, 2006
The Strokes – Madison Square Garden – April 1, 2011
Special thanks to Mom and LLCB
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Collectively, we would like to thank all of the bands, music websites, publications, publicists, record labels, managers, venues and others that support and aid us in our endeavors.
120dB was curated by: Maryanne Ventrice and presented by Fort Useless