First held in 2019, FromThePit is an annual curated exhibition of images of New Zealand musicians playing live in New Zealand. More than anything it is a celebration of the craft and art of live music photography.
Each week dozens of photographers are huddled in to music venues up and down the country capturing photos of New Zealand’s vibrant music scene. It’s a difficult and unpredictable environment to work in, but these photographers work tirelessly to capture the magic they see before them.
Part artists, part historians, but all music fans, they all strive to take the perfect photo which reflects how it felt to be at the concert and communicates the excitement of a live music event.
The print exhibition is displayed as part of New Zealand Music Month. An extended remix of the print exhibition with bonus additional content is also available as an audio visual version.
FromThePit is designed and curated by New Zealand music photographers Dave Simpson, Chontalle Musson and Reuben Raj
Dave Simpson is a live event and people photographer based in Auckland. He strives to capture amazing photos of people doing their thing whether on stage or off. He is a regular contributor to Getty Images and UnderTheRadar.co.nz. His editorial images have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, NME and have been used by brands including Prada and Carlsberg. Dave teaches street photography and is an associate of the Photographic Society of New Zealand.
Chontalle Musson is a music and event photographer based in Auckland. She aims to capture people doing what they love, whether that is on stage or not. Capturing memories in images that will last a lifetime is why she picks up her cameras. Chontalles’ photography has been featured in the NZ Herald and on The Project TV, along with in music publications The Speakeasy, Radio13, Libel Music, and Ambient Light. She has also been involved in festival media teams for FOMO Festival and 121 Festival, as well as producing media content for Turn The Page for Eccles Entertainment for the Six60 Saturday Auckland show.
Reuben Raj, or sometimes known by his moniker SomeBizarreMonkey, is a film and digital photographer. He constantly aims to capture moments of time on camera and his obsession with photography has allowed him to deliver assignments around the world including Russia, China, Singapore and most recently, the Middle East. His experience includes fashion, press and movie stills but music photography is where he started as a teenager and remains his most loved genre. Reuben is the founder and chief editor of NZ music media site & radio station, Radio 13 where he also hosts his own radio show about music and the people who cannot live without it.
Reuben is now based overseas but continues to support the exhibition remotely.