No Credentials: An Inside Look Into EDM Photography (NSFW)
Recently, a duo by the name of Cruz + Jacob released an short documentary about a niche of concert photography known as EDM Photography. EDM, short for electronic dance music, has swept up the top music charts and its popularity is spreading quickly. The filmmaking duo snuck into this year’s ULTRA, one of the biggest EDM festivals in the US, and did a pretty good job at showing what it’s like to be an EDM photographer or videographer.
This video for me is especially personal because I myself am an EDM photographer and have shot some amazing artists. It’s an awesome profession and one I feel very fortunate to be a part of. As some of the photographers in the video state though that as the genre of music grows so do those who try to make it as a full-time professional EDM photographer. Just taking your camera to a show to get access on stage doesn’t make you a professional.
“And now it’s gotten to the point where more and more people that are just like, ‘I’ll just be a photographer just so that I can get up on stage’. That’s not photography, that’s partying with a camera.“- Drew ‘Rukes’ Ressler Rukes.com
So many people feel strongly about the EDM photography industry and the lack of professionalism that some younger ‘budding’ photographers exhibit at the shows. As with all facets of photography we who work in the industry are being heavily taken advantage of not just from artists or promoters, but from other photographers who want to just get access to a free show. There are some pretty crazy talented photographers who work in the scene that were both mentioned in the video and some who weren’t. With such awesome talent and names like, Doug Van Sant, Anthony Djuren, Rutger Geerling, Kirill Bichutsky and Justin Nizer it’s easy to see that there are individuals out there who are amazing at what they do and are passionate about the most important thing… the music!
I am quite surprised that Cruz + Jacob were able to sneak into Ultra as I hear it is quite hard to get access to that festival. (I don’t ever recommend sneaking into a show to shoot by the way.)
If you shoot EDM and are very active in the industry I do have an EDM photography group on Facebook you can join. EDM Photographers is the most comprehensive gathering of the best EDM photographers in the world. We’re an incredibly active group, and we have the most amazing members. So, feel free to apply to join. (We do have a screening process.)
I’m going to leave you with a few shots and videos that I happen to love from this year’s Ultra and a few of my own from this year’s UME.
ULTRA 2013 & MISC.
©Doug Van Sant
ALL Photos used with permission.