Over the past 15 years, Danny Clinch has established himself
as one of the premier photographers on the popular music scene.
A New Jersey native, Clinch began his professional career working
as an intern for Annie Leibovitz, one of his initial inspirations.
Clinch absorbed important lessons while assisting Steven Meisel,
Timothy White and Mary Ellen Mark.
He has shot everyone from Radiohead to Public Enemy, from Phish
to Metallica. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Spin,
Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, The
New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Mojo
and Q. In addition to his frequent work for magazines
and album covers, Clinch has presented his work in numerous galleries
and published two books: Discovery Inn (1998), which
is a collection of work shot over a ten-year period, and When
the Iron Bird Flies (2000), which documents the Tibetan Freedom
Concerts, where Clinch was the official photographer. He has also
completed Pleasure and Pain, (2002) a documentary feature
film about Ben Harper, a young roots-rock musician with a passionate
following. Soon after completion, the film was picked up by Seventh
As for the future, Clinch wants to keep on doing it all—shooting
for magazines, putting together books, making films. "I'm known
as a music photographer, and I'm very proud of that," he says.
"But I want to continue doing films and photo essays—personal
projects that are good for the soul. The photographers I most
admire, like Robert Frank or Irving Penn, never allowed themselves
to be pigeonholed."