My Weekend As A Concert Photographer (Sort Of)

June 4, 2011 3:18 pm / by / 3 comments

I just got back from Sasquatch fest just outside of Seattle, where I went with NPR Music to manage photo coverage. The venue was amazing –  on the edge of a giant gorge overlooking the Columbia River – and though it was too cold to wear the shorts I had ambitiously packed, the scene was gorgeous. get it? Gorgeou – shut up I had to.

I spent four consecutive 17-hour workdays mostly coordinating and editing three talented Seattle-based concert photogs: James Bailey, Brittney Bush Bollay, and Alex Crick, and putting their amazing photos online. Occasionally, I picked up the camera myself, and even took a few minutes to actually sit back and enjoy Beach House’s performance (which was beautiful). Here are highlights from my take (all photos ©2011 NPR):

NPR Music's Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Amy Schriefer check out the view the day before the festival kicks off.

The hill overlooking the main stage at the Gorge Amphitheater the day before Sasquatch.

The view from the festival site in George, WA, overlooking the Columbia River.

Setting up for Sasquatch.

Festival-goers enjoy the show from the grass.

Julian Briggs, from Vancouver, wears David Bowie face paint on Friday, before Sasquatch kicks off.

Festival-goers watch as Mariachi El Bronx plays on Friday.

Beach House plays on Sunday.

Kelly Carol kisses Mary Foster after Chromeo's set on Monday.

Wayne Coyne walks over the crowd in his hamster ball during the Flaming Lips' set on Sunday.

The front row during Flaming Lips' set on Sunday.

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne.

The crowd during Flaming Lips.

Foo Fighters take the stage Friday night.

Foo Fighters.

Modest Mouse on Sunday.

Sasquatch and Sharon Van Etten lead the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to the 10-year-old festival.

Lost in the crowd.

A lone 'I heart NPR' beach ball survives among the detritus at the end of the night.

Mito takes photos in the rain, in a garbage bag.

Oh and here I am in action, showing everyone how professionals take pictures in the rain. Thanks Hefty. Photo by Mike Katzif, swell dude.


Sunset over the Newport Folk Festival.

Folk Yeah! Weekend #1 At Newport Fest.

St. Vincent, Live at 9:30 Club




  1. Phoebe says:

    The hamster ball from below is amazing. I’d put that on my wall, yo. Rock on, Mito!

  2. Uche Oji says:

    Keep up the good stuff Mito!

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