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April 2017 issue
Face the Music
by Richard Ehrlich
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Can one capture, in photographic portraiture, the intense inner depth of emotion experienced while listening to music of one’s choice? In 1872 Darwin published his seminal treatise The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals which intersected with the dawn of photography. While the study of physiognomy has limited scientific validity, it nevertheless provides the impetus for linking portraiture and emotion. If “the face is the window to one’s soul,” capturing the rhapsody of emotion through facial expression provides a unique window into each artist’s inner being. In this book, 40 legendary musicians from a range of genres were photographed while listening to three pieces of music of their choice. (With
only two exceptions, they chose the music of other musicians rather than their own.) Music, painting and photography― indeed all art forms―share a common nexus for experiencing feeling, and are inextricably linked in contextualizing human emotion. Face the Music helps redefine the profound and transcendent influence music has on human emotion.
Esperanza Spalding.
Graham Nash.
Herb Alpert.
Herbie Hancock.
Joe Walsh.
John Densmore.
Lani Hall.
Lars Ulrich.
LeAnn Rimes.
Leon Russell.
Michael Buble.
Quincy Jones.
Ringo Starr.
Robbie Robertson.
Robby Krieger.
Roger Daltrey.
Sheryl Crow.
RZA.