The lights dim, smoke rises and thousands of flashbulbs pop in anticipation as darkened silhouettes take the stage. The band hits the first power chord to their intro song and the crowd roars in unison…or do they?
Here at MTV Iggy, we have been to our fair share of live music events. Seeing photographs of a lead guitarist doing a power slide on stage is not too unusual for us. But what about the fan experience? Getting stuck behind the tallest person in the crowd, locking eyes with the lead singer for a split-second, high-fiving a random stranger after the chorus to your favorite song? These are the concert stories that go untold.
In January 2012, Shipley & Halmos released the photobook, Everyone Must Be Announced by photographer Aaron Stern. Moving the spotlight from the artist, the book focuses on the concert experience from the fans’ perspective. Candid photos capture the essence of attending a live show, from simply being in the crowd to observing the architecture of a venue.
The Strokes, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Phoenix, The Kills, and Beach House are just a few of the bands covered in Stern’s book, available here.