Other Criteria have invited a selection of their artists to name a single book that has influenced their work, shaped their thinking or encouraged them to create.
Josh Cheuse said "The Face of Folk Music is a classic, it's a crime that it's out of print. There are many other more well known music photographers but David Gahr was the king. He was the first "rock" photographer. Every one of his images embodies his passion, irreverence and integrity and seems to whisper his favorite phrase, 'Fuck 'em!'"
This rare and wonderful book is a photographic documentation of the key players in folk, folk rock, bluegrass, R & B, blues, gospel, country and freedom songs. The publication, first published in 1968, contains over 500 photographs by Dave Gahr which range all the way from Doc Watson and Lightnin' Hopkins to Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. The images are accompanied by text from Robert Shelton.
Josh Cheuse was born in New York in 1965. He won a full photography scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York, having started his photography career at the age of 16. He was shooting bands in nightclubs across the city, even using a school payphone to ring up The Clash at their Manhattan studio to request a shoot. The ambitious teen would go on to photograph the Beastie Boys (his close friends) and other hip-hop and reggae artists for publications like Rolling Stone and SPIN. As well as taking pictures of bands and music artists, he has designed music merchandise, packaging and sleeve artwork, shot videos and created websites. He is currently a senior art director at at Sony BMG and lives in Jersey City, NJ.
Portrait picture credit Dmitri Blueglass.