Jon Gitchoff: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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Jay-Z - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Jay-Z

Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite concert photos while answering a few questions about their process and passion.

See also: The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis: 2014 Nominees

How and when did you get involved with music photography?

I first became involved with music photography when I was studying photojournalism at Eastern Illinois University. I was a part of the concert committee, and when we put together a Lupe Fiasco concert, I knew I had to bug my boss to see if I could photograph it. Luckily, she was awesome and helped me out big time. It was an incredible experience I'll never forget.

Pink - JON GITCHOFF
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  • Pink

What are some highlights of your professional photography experience?

Selling my first photo to Rolling Stone, getting my first RFT assignment, covering Drake's first headlining concert and being a staff photographer for LouFest are a few things that come to mind.

Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?

My work has been featured in Rolling Stone, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, all eleven Voice Media Group publications, Chicago Sun-Times, Stereogum, Paste Magazine, etc.

Ellie Goulding - JON GITCHOFF
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  • Ellie Goulding

What is your favorite part of doing music photography?

My favorite part is the challenge. I love being faced with a new set of circumstances each time I step into a photo pit, and learning a new trick or two to keep improving my work.

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Kiss - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Kiss

What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?

Do not get in the way of the audience having a good time. Our job is to document, not distract. Think twice about attempting that Hail Mary shot. Be respectful of the shared space in the photo pit: We all have a job to do. Start in the local rock/nightclubs where you have a bit more freedom and can build up your portfolio.

Nine Inch Nails - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Nine Inch Nails

Pick one of the photos you've submitted and tell us a little about it: Where was it shot, who is featured and (most importantly) how did you capture it? We'd love to hear logistical description or technical breakdowns or whatever else you want to tell us.

The photo is of Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, performing at Chaifetz Arena on October 1, 2013. This show had some of the hardest lighting conditions I've ever encountered, but after a few seconds into the song I picked up on a pattern where there were flashes of white-hot light very briefly hitting Reznor. The lighting pattern synched up with an incredible wail from Reznor, and I was able to crank up the shutter speed to get the photo.

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