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Wanted: Dreamjob... Rock 'n Roll Photographer

From: Mary Rose Madden
Length: 11:06

The humble story of Sam Holden OR how this guy got to take photos of his favorite musicians.

Default-piece-image-0 This is a radio story about one boy's dreamjob: to photograph his favorite musicians and other personal heroes. He started going out with his dad on photoshoots. Starting at the ripe age of about 11, he's been shooting photos of some very cool people...and developing his signature style.

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Piece Description

This is a radio story about one boy's dreamjob: to photograph his favorite musicians and other personal heroes. He started going out with his dad on photoshoots. Starting at the ripe age of about 11, he's been shooting photos of some very cool people...and developing his signature style.

Broadcast History

Originally aired on NPR affiliate WYPR's artsy magazine show, "The Signal".

Transcript

BODY:
You could call it a dark room, but Sam Holden calls it his sacred space.

you?re standing my darkroom and to look around here ? you?re kind of in my soul.

His soul is covered with at least hundred photos - all sizes, some color, some black and white ? some frayed, some neatly displayed ? and his soul is wired so he can constantly hear the rock and roll he tries to capture in his photos. How did this compact cave come to represent his very being? ?

music

The year was 1976 and Sam was a budding rock and roll photographer, at a very early age. Two very important things happened that year?

Bring in Kiss

I can tell you the very first record I bought ? it was Kiss Destroyer and they played Beth ? and as a seven year old it was Beth that sealed it.

And his dad gave him a camera.

It was a little Kodak instamatic - prolly a Christmas present ? I...
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Timing and Cues

Suggested host intro:
When you hear music do you have visions?
For one man, capturing the essence of rock 'n roll
through photography has become an obsession.
And his job. He sets up theatrical portraits of the famous
in bold, sexy shots. So, this is the humble
story of rock 'n roll photographer Sam Holden.
Mary Rose Madden catches up with him in his darkroom.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Beth Kiss 01:00
I Want You to Want Me Cheap Trick :30
Passenger Iggy Pop :30
Debonair Afghan Whigs :15
I Wanna Live The Ramones 01:00