From the Light - The Photography of Jimi Crowley
Tuesday September 10, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
My name is Jimi Crowley, a San Francisco native, born right up the street on Stanyan at St Mary’s Hospital. Most of my work photographing bands was seeking out the manager of the band and showing him some of my work. It always got me into the bands shows that I loved, included Rock, Reggae, Blues and Soul. I did it not for money but for the love of doing it. I always shot from the crowd since 1977, though It was The Rolling Stones in 1994 that first allowed me entry, allowing me to photograph the band from the pit (a place known by all photographers). I’ve travelled the world photographing the acts I loved including The Rolling Stones. Recently, Eric Clapton will use one of my photographs that will be included in a poster done by a Bay Area artist for Eric Clapton’s 2019 American Tour Poster. To be sold at The Chase Center on September 11th, 2019. Also, award winning Irish Director Emer Reynolds is directing Phil Lynott: Songs For When I’m Away, a documentary, now in the editing stage of production, in which some of my photographs that were donated may appear.

For over 40 years I have been a photographer, videographer, and a video producer. Most of my work has been musicians, conventions all kinds, wedding photography, and other events. I’ve had the pleasure of working with great people, great talent and great companies.

I became interested in photography when I was in eighth grade after discovering the works of Ansel Adams and then Jim Marshall. When I was in high school, I received my first camera from my father Paul Crowley.

I said, “but Dad what are the f–stops and how do I load 35mm film into this.” My Dad informed me, “never mind, this camera will give you the opportunity to learn perspective and composition.” After about a year, I used a Pentax K–1000 that I borrowed from St Mary’s High School Prep in Berkeley. It was two years later, while attending McAteer High in San Francisco, that I owned a Nikkormat, given to me by my father. I still have it to this day but hardly ever use it. Most of my work is done using a Nikon FM2 and a Nikon F3.

At first, nature and people were my interests. Nature, because I wanted to follow the work of Ansel Adams and people because the house I grew up in was like Grand Central Station for some very interesting characters. It was when I attended a concert in 1976, that’s when I realized what I wanted to photograph. I have always loved music and photography and thought I could combine the two. I have photographed and worked with such bands as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Wailers.

— Jimi Crowley

Exhibit curated by Dave Christensen, Director of Harvey Milk Photo Center

Image: Jimi Crowley

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