A photography portrait project of the present rooted in the past with a supplementary oral history that makes no claims to being comprehensive, definitive or chronologically accurate. One hundred local musicians are captured in their “creative spaces” with minimal intrusion (one light, one camera, two lenses). The creative spaces offer a high level of comfort for the subject while offering the audience a rarely seen behind the scenes view of noteworthy local musicians. The roadmap as to who was photographed for this project was primarily provided by the musicians themselves as they made suggestions as to who I should photograph next.
The gallery exhibit for this project debuted First Fridays, July 6, 2018 at Studio IX and will be on display through July 31 (M-F 8-5pm).
The coffee table book for this project is in the final production stages. It is a hardcover book with over 300 pages and nearly 400 photographs. The size is 12″ x 12″ x 2″ and it weighs over 6 lbs. Printed on high-quality 80# photography paper.
“Rich Tarbell has created a poignant and powerful document on Charlottesville musicians and their corresponding world. It’s a true testament to creativity, grit, southern culture, inclusion, connectivity, beauty, and all things birthed from heartache, love, fried food, sweat, and fire.” – Anna von Gehr, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art