A Look into the World of Rock and Roll Photography

Located in the heart of Queen West, the Analogue Gallery has become Canada’s premiere Rock & Roll gallery. It has become a home for an incredible collection of images depicting some of the most iconic musicians in rock history and an institution for culture showcasing established and emerging bands in a unique event space. With an ever-evolving collection of images, Analogue Gallery contains an impressive collection of photographs of rock legends like Bob Dylan and Diana Ross to modern performers like Arcade Fire and Florence and the Machine. We sat down with the critically acclaimed photographer, owner and Creative Director of the Analogue Gallery Lucia Graca to learn more about this culture hub.


Photo Credit: Joel Yum

How did you first get involved in Rock & Roll photography?

When I was young, I used to dance in large-scale stage performances and as soon as I would finish my part, I would rush to the wings to take photos of the show. I always loved watching people perform and capturing those unique moments on stage.


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What was your inspiration for developing the Analogue Gallery?

I lived in London, England for almost 6 years, where I got very involved in photographing the incredible British music scene. Along the way I met the people who ran a gallery, much like Analogue Gallery, and started working there part time. It was an amazing learning experience and I loved learning about the iconic photos and hearing the stories of the photographers who took them. After many years with them, I decided to bring all that experience and all those amazing photos to Toronto. I opened Analogue Gallery in 2009 and worked hard to embody that edgy British music image, while also evolving it into something uniquely Canadian.


What has been your most memorable concert experience or artists you have been able to shoot? 

I love photographing artists who really get in to the crowd and break down the barriers between the stage and the fans. The Flaming Lips always jumps to mind because some of my favorite photos are of the lead singer rolling over the crowd in a giant plastic ball with everyone’s hands holding it up in a way that looks like he’s floating. Everyone who’s part of that moment I think will remember it forever. It’s a lasting impression, and isn’t that what the live music experience is really all about?


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If you could photograph anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I have a few bands that are still on my bucket list. Definitely the Rolling Stones are near the top. If I could go back in time, I would have loved to photograph the American Jazz scene in the 50’s and 60’s. I love everything about that time. There was a real intimacy to the venues and a real rawness to the music that was really fuelled by a lot politically and socially. Also, I love the fashion!


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What’s next for you and Analogue Gallery?

We have a lot of exciting things planned for 2015… It’s our 5th anniversary, so we’re really taking everything up a notch! In March, we’re holding our annual Sound Image: Photo Exhibition and Contest, which is a great opportunity for music photographers to showcase their work for industry insiders, and every year we choose some of our favorite works to be part of our permanent collection. Also, for Contact Festival this year, we’re doing a WOMEN IN ROCK exhibit! I’m excited to showcase the amazing women who have shaped the history of music… There will be lot’s of Blondie, and Patti, and Tina, and the list just goes on… It will be a great celebration!


For more information on Analogue Gallery (673 Queen Street West) and the Sound Image: Photo Exhibition and Contest, visit their website here: http://www.analoguegallery.com/ 


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