Houston's 10 Best Music Photographers

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Remember when Rocks Off told you we were holding a contest to determine Houston's best music photographer? It only seems like it was before photography itself was invented. (Here's the link, in case you think we're making it up.) Turns out quite a few of you think you fit that description -- more than 30, when all was said and done. No wonder it took so long.

So the real credit goes to the three kind souls who were willing to sort through almost three dozen portfolios to narrow down the field to ten: Ky Meyer of Channel 39's Newsfix; The Convoy Group's Mark C. Austin, himself a damn fine music lensman in his own right; and UH associate professor of photojournalism Richard Carson, formerly of the Houston Chronicle photo desk.

Now, at long last, it's our distinct pleasure to announce the ten finalists in our contest to determine Houston's best music photographer. Congratulations to them all, but we're not ready to declare a winner just yet. First we're going to introduce you to all ten in the next couple of weeks, and then we'll open up the voting to our readers. For now, feast your eyes on what a tough decision you'll have to make.


VIOLETA ALVAREZ

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TRISH BADGER
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JULIAN BAJSEL
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DAVID BLOCK
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VICTOR CERVANTES
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GREG NOIRE
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montrose.patriot
montrose.patriot

fashion/runway photographers do not count - this also include those who cover the Hooters Pageant

moHATI
moHATI

I love Marco's work!

Fabian Lozano
Fabian Lozano

Dang! How did I miss this contest???? Maybe next year! Good luck to everyone!

Nue Wayv
Nue Wayv

^i agree, i work almost every show in town and know most photographers by name, only one's i know are Marco and Mark both great guy's, but you guys missed like at least 5 of the main Houston photographers, Rockstar Photographer Tré Ridings, Capt. Flash Hal Lynde, (Eric) Groove House, Steve Boriack, Jim Bricker, Steve O Shoots, Paul Delacerda and like 3 other's, Come on HPRO!

Steve Boriack
Steve Boriack

perhaps the word 'corporate' should have been used somewhere after 'Best

Doublemeat
Doublemeat

Congrats to some great talent.  You all give me something to strive for as an up and coming concert photographer. 

npmckee
npmckee

Eric Kayne needs to be on this list, real talk


mtorres123
mtorres123

you would have been great for this, sir!

stodom
stodom

Dang! I wish I would have known about this! Oh well, it would have been cool to be on this list! 

TSpoth
TSpoth

Ive been playing shows in Houston since 1998 and photographing them since 2005. I dont ever remember meeting someone named Nue Wayv, but my name is Todd. Next time you see me at a show introduce yourself if we haven't met already. Also when I submitted to this contest I saw that it said HOUSTONS BEST MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER and not HOUSTONS BEST LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER, therefore in addition to live images, I included artist portraits in the studio and out, behind the scenes images from music videos, documentary stills from off the stage and lots more. There is more to "music photography" than pointing your lens at a mic stand. http://toddspoth.com

mtorres123
mtorres123

a few that you listed also chose not to participate.


anon.
anon.

To be involved in this, each person had to enter themselves.  It wasn't "Houston Press hand-picks the best out of thin air".

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