AFTERHOURS: THE STORY OF A 2003 LUCKY FRAME

 

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Storage could kill a frame. The mind of a photographer is always focused on shots to come. The shots then flee from memory until someone retrieves them. When Afterhours’ celebrative box set (book + 4 CDs) was released in 2017 I was deep in my photo projects so I hadn’t paid much attention to that record release dedicated to the band I had loved so much in the early 2000s. Two years later I bought the box set at a cheap price and I discovered that one of my shots had been included in the book.

The frame in question, taken in Milan, mid February 2003, portrayed the band in action at the Triennale Museum in Milan: it was a special live performance (2 sets) in the middle of an art installation inspired by Italian writer Italo Calvino’s book Città Invisibili. During the photo session (with a Pentax Espio) I took care to portray the scene comprehensively, showing the band really immersed in the art installation and in touch with the audience. Manuel Agnelli, the Afterhours frontman, appreciated my point of view and asked for prints for his personal archive. At the time I had some meetings and lunches with him because I was in contact with the indie label Afterhours signed with. That shot of the Afterhours’ Triennale performance is a lucky frame: it risked ending up lost in my photo archives but it was saved by a publishing project.

Below more pics from the Afterhours’ Triennale shows.

 

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STRAIGHT OUTTA ROME’S SUBURB

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Straight outta Rome’s suburb Tuscolano, La Fabbrica dell’assoluto brings to the public’s attention again the sound/voice of George Orwell’s 1984 dystopian reality.

They are as mighty and powerful as the hardest and most organized rock armada and they have a clever intelligence that leads them to look at the past with respect but never with reverence.

La fabbrica dell’assoluto manages a Seventies progressive band’s typical idea of a “concept album” with the critical vision of the contemporary world: the band’s main cultural goal is to celebrate again the marriage between music and civil society.

And if that were not enough, all this is done by the voice of a frontman able to combine the vocal range of Italian singer and actor Massimo Ranieri and the raw rock consciousness of Roger Daltrey of THE WHO.

If you were looking for real news in the rock music scene, stop and listen to La fabbrica dell’assoluto!

P.S. Hoping La fabbrica dell’assoluto‘s next album will be produced by Trent Reznor!!!

[Shots taken with FujiFilm X30 during FIM 2018]

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