Normally I take Fridays to highlight a band you MUST CHECK OUT NOW. Today, something a little different. Today, a photographer. A man.
Adam DeGross, chronicler of the Twin Cities’ punk and hardcore scene in black, white, and grit has his first photography book Pay Attention: MN Subculture Photography coming out tomorrow, January 5—the release is also tomorrow at Brickmania in Northeast, Minneapolis. Go.
The release will be its own spectacle. Paddy Costello, bass player and rabble-rouser of legendary Minneapolis punk band Dillinger Four, is DJing. The bands False, Frozen Teens, Arms Aloft, Agitate, and Ponx Attax are playing. It’s free, all ages, and is open from 4pm to 2am at Brickmania 1620 Central Ave. NE, Suite 170, Minneapolis. Go.
In anticipation of his book’s release, Adam, a Burnsville native, has been interviewed by City Pages, Profane Existence, and Andrea Swensson of the Current. In those interviews he reveals how he got into punk (a Rancid cassette on the way to Wisconsin) and photography (the prodding of an ex). Though his photography moved from a point-and-shoot to a Sony DSLR, all along he’s captured the scene as he sees it—whether it be a show he attended or one he booked.
“I’d look through photo books of old punk stuff, and it would always strike me, like, this happened. This is real,” Adam told Swensson. He’s now passing on that feeling to others—letting others in on the scene as it happens, as well as chronicling it for those still to come. His photos now make others say, “This happened. This is real.”
Aside from his camera, Adam’s changed with technology—once upon a time he threw his photos up on Myspace. Now he uses Tumblr and Facebook.
Regardless of the platform, the Internet has proven a vital resource for artists, like Adam or the bands he shoots or the scenes themselves. Geography, transportation, money, and network needn’t restrict someone from typing in a Google search or a url into an address bar at a library.
Adam’s service to the scene and the Cities has made people take notice, whether it be D4’s Paddy, the bands playing the release, or Atmosphere humblebragging on Twitter.
And it hasn’t just been the folks from the scene taking notice. The University of Minnesota’s Anderson Library recently added a collection of Adam’s photos to their historical archive.
So let Adam be one of the many examples of participation. Playing in the bands may be for some. Being in the audience may be for others. But you can also book shows to help build the scene or pick up a camera and capture it.
Adam is also putting on tonight’s show at THE GARAGE, featuring 10 bands on two stages, ranging from newcomers Wang Mango to road veterans Wrong Answer and Agitator. Just one more opportunity to see the scene up and close.
NOTE: THE GARAGE blog is looking for photographers. If you have a DSLR and would like to shoot a THE GARAGE show for the blog, email me, Logan, at: firstname.lastname@example.org