Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Kevin Estrada

1. Which book are you currently reading?
Ozzy Osbourne’s autobiography, “I Am Ozzy.” I find myself quietly chuckling every so often... great book!

2. Do you smoke?
No... I can’t stand the stuff... besides, I have Asthma.

3. When was the last time you got angry?
Honestly, I can't remember, so it must have not been very important.

4. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
I was on a vacation cruise watching a Vegas-type entertainment show. The MC pulled a woman from the audience and as she was running up the stairs to the stage, she ripped the hand-rail off the wall and flew in the air, bouncing and bouncing as she hit the ground. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen, I am laughing right now as I type this!

5. Was there a movie that you could not bear to see until its end?
District 9. I hated it. It is the only movie I have ever walked out on in a theatre.

6. What character would you have liked to have played?
I’m much more comfortable behind the camera, rather than in front of the camera. But, I wouldn’t mind doing something silly on a Saturday Night Live skit or an episode of The King Of Queens.

7. "Law & Order", "Special Victim Unit" or "Criminal Intent"?
I don’t watch any of those shows... I’m more of a “Get Smart” kind of guy.

8. Who do you currently have a crush on?
My wife... still crazy about her!!

9. What's the best moment of your day?
Saying good morning to my kids when they wake up with their bed-heads!

10. What picture of yours do you think is your best?
I am very proud of two photos – My shot of Kurt Cobain dressed as Jesus; and a black and white shot of Johnny Cash recording very late at night in the studio with Rick Rubin and Tom Petty.

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a rock photographer. All my friends wanted to be Eddie Van Halen, but I wanted to be the guy who was shooting Eddie Van Halen. I seemed to always want to collect things, to document things – to somehow hold on to that moment and make it last forever. From old gig flyers to concert jerseys to programs and more. For the past 20 years, I have taken thousands and thousands of photographs - musicians in concert, backstage, on the road and in the studio. I’m not sure why photography is so important to me. I guess I hate to see great moments in life disappear. And rock & roll has given me most of the great moments of my life. So the best thing I can do is capture rock&roll on film. That’s what I’ve spent my entire working life doing, and I’m grateful to have the ability to share my work with the world.

Kevin Estrada is one of the most sought-after commissioned photographers in the corporate music industry. He has photographed everyone from Nirvana to The Cure to Paris Hilton, documenting important periods in pop culture history. His photographs have appeared in music magazines such as Spin and Rolling Stone.

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