Houston's Best Music Photographers: Greg Noire

Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their spectacular photography. Best of luck to all ten.

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Photos courtesy of Greg Noire
Arctic Monkeys at Lollapalooza 2014, Chicago
Rocks Off: What inspired you to become a music photographer?
Greg Noire:
My first gig shooting anything music related came from capturing the Niceguys, I'd say around 2007-ish, at the University of Houston's annual Frontier Fiesta event. Before then I was only doing portrait work, which wasn't the best, since I was just starting out.

I remember struggling with getting a decent image during the Niceguys' set because I wasn't familiar with my camera settings. I guess I looked extremely dissatisfied with my shots, because another photographer approached me, looked and my last image and proceeded to raise my ISO and lower my shutter speed. I felt like an idiot, but that did the trick.

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Houston's Best Music Photographers: Victor Cervantes

Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their spectacular photography. Best of luck to all ten.

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Photos courtesy of Victor Cervantes
Chino Moreno of the Deftones
Rocks Off: Tell us a little more about yourself.
Victor Cervantes:
To begin, my name is Victor Cervantes and I am a graphic designer/photographer currently based in Houston, Texas. I have been a full time graphic designer since 2005, after graduating from The Art Institute of Houston. I have been photographing professionally for two years now, but started my interest in photography about four years ago.

I currently own my own graphic design and photography business. Which I feel blessed to do what I love for a living.

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Houston's Best Music Photographers: Julian Bajsel

Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their spectacular photography. Best of luck to all ten.

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Photos courtesy of Julian Bajsel
Markus Schulz at Stereo Live
Rocks Off: Tell us a little more about yourself.
Julian Bajsel:
I'm 32 years old and Houston has been my home since as long as I can remember. No formal training in photography. I actually studied to be an electrical engineer, which led to a job with a large construction firm designing petrochemical plants.

The first album I ever bought was Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. I've watched Aliens more times than any other movie in existence. I've never had a happy meal. Let's be friends.

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Houston's Best Music Photographers: Trish Badger

Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their spectacular photography. Best of luck to all ten.

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Photos courtesy of Trish Badger
Rocks Off: Tell us a little more about yourself.
Trish Badger:
I'm a native Houstonian and I've been a full-time photographer for four years. I absolutely love it and I can't imagine doing anything else. I have a deep passion for people and music, so that's the focus of my photography. I also love traveling, dancing and encouraging others to pursue their dreams.

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Houston's Best Music Photographers: David Block

Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their spectacular photography. Best of luck to all ten.

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Photos courtesy of David Block
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Rocks Off: Tell us a little more about yourself.
David Block:
I've spent most of my life behind a camera but I've never really worked as a photographer professionally. It sounds funny but I'm that artist that couldn't afford to quit his day job.

For the past 18 years or so I've worked as a Web developer and graphic designer, but in the beginning I wanted to be a special effects artist. Man, I lived and breathed Tom Savini, Rick Baker and Dick Smith. In '91 I went to L.A. and shopped my portfolio at a Fangoria Convention. I met the guys from Industrial Light & Magic and instantly knew the next big thing was 3D.

Upon my return I received the "You're going to college or you're going to move out" speech and quickly enrolled into the robotics program at Lamar University. I began building my 3D graphics and animation portfolio as well as developing my digital video and editing skills.

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Houston's Best Music Photographers: Violeta Alvarez

Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their spectacular photography. Best of luck to all ten.

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Photos by Violeta Alvarez
Mastodon at Rock Star Mayhem Fest 2013
Rocks Off: Tell us a little more about yourself. If photography is not your primary line of work, please mention what is; if so, how long have you been doing it professionally?
Violeta Alvarez:
As a child, my mother worked as a nanny for a family in Houston who treated me as their own and became my godparents. They were art collectors who exposed me to a world of art that I might have never discovered. My mom was also an amateur photographer and I remember helping her develop film in our bathroom, and it was around this time I also began to discover drawing.

In the early '90s, when I was only 17, I was already hanging out at Emo's. This place, founded by Eric "Emo" Hartman, became my living room. It exposed me to up and coming bands, like Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, the Supersuckers, etc. I photographed friends, local musicians and several touring bands that came through to Houston.

At 18, I began working at Justice Records, a label where I took my first professional photos of musicians such as Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Jesse Dayton, Kermit Ruffins and the Reverend Horton Heat.

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Love Grows for Deep Cuts at EP Release Show

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Photos by Francisco Montes
Local indie-rockers Deep Cuts drew an enthusiastic crowd fans to Fitz's upstairs stage Friday night to celebrate the release of their first-ever studio recording, the Love Grows EP. Joining them were a few more of Houston's brighter new(ish) local groups, The Caldwell, Chemistry and Young Girls, as well as veterans LIMB. Rocks Off's Fransisco Montes was stationed down front and brought us this photo-review.


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Houston Bands Bask in KISS's Reflected Glow

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Photos by Francisco Montes
Jody Seabody and the Whirls
Note: On the heels of KISS' Labor Day Eve visit to Houston, local label Artificial Head Records rounded up several local bands to assemble at Fitzgerald's Friday night to rock and roll all night with their favorite songs by the painted men from Detroit Rock City. Although our scheduled reviewer had to cancel at the last minute (things happen), photographer Francisco Montes had us covered.


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Houston's 10 Best Music Photographers

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Photo by Meginsanity via Flickr
Note: none of the following pictures were taken with the above cameras.
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.


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R.I.P. H.R. Giger: His 10 Best Album Covers (NSFW)

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The world has lost one of its most original voices. H.R. Giger, the surrealist painter and sculptor who designed some of the silver screen's most disturbing monsters, such as the Xenomorph in Alien, died this week at age 74 from injuries related to a fall. He leaves behind him a powerful legacy of images that fused man, monster and machine into a style of art that has influenced countless others.

He was also responsible for a pretty amazing amount of album cover art over the course of his life. Today we look at the ten best.


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