1. Apocalypse Dudes at the Mid-Atlantic Turbojugend Festival, Sidebar, Baltimore, MD | © 2012 Chris Suspect

    I leave for Photokina in Cologne, Germany, today. The Leica Galerie exhibit I am part of is in Hall 1of Koelnmesse, if you are there please stop by to check out my show. I will also be part of a TweetChat with other Leica Galerie exhibiting photographers. Tweet using hashtag #LeicaChat to directly ask photographers your questions. They have a full line-up of guests with more photographers being announced soon. Here is the schedule: 

    Tuesday, Sept 16 

    • Glen Craig 1–2PM CEST 
    • Jamie Cullum (@jamiecullum) 5–6PM CEST

    Wednesday, Sept 17

    • D-Nice (@djdnice) 1-2PM CEST 

    Thursday, Sept 18 

    • Jürgen Schadeberg 1-2PM CEST
    • Thomas Hoepker 4-5PM CEST

    Friday, Sept 19 

    • Georges Yammine 1-2PM CEST
    • Gerd Ludwig (@gerdludwig) 3-4PM CEST

    Saturday, Sept 20 

    Sunday, Sept 21 

    • TBA

    The live Twitter chats are part of Leica Camera’s widely varied program of events at Photokina. The photographers who will be answering your questions are featured in the Leica Galerie. The focus of this year’s exhibition concept is on impressive photography from the world of music. It embraces all facets of music photography, from concert images and extremely personal artist portraits to reportage photography with exciting glimpses behind the scenes at concerts. In addition, the exhibition will also showcase the work of musicians who have embraced photography as a second passion. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions to these talented artists.

    Remember, to join the hour-long chats include #LeicaChat in your tweet.

    Follow along with Leica Camera on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/leica_camera

     
  2. Nervous Impulse at Ras Hall, Washington, D.C.

    Check out my interview on the Leica Blog about my book Suspect Device and exhibit in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany

     
  3. On September 16th through the 21st select images from my book Suspect Device will be featured in the Leica Galerie at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. 18 large print photographs will be hung on two 23 foot bright orange walls in Hall 1 of the Koelnmesse, Cologne’s exhibition center. Photokina is the world’s largest photography fair and I am truly honored that Leica Camera AG has selected my documentation of the current Washington, D.C., punk scene to be part of this amazing exhibit. 

    The theme of this year’s show is art photography from the world of music, embracing all facets of the genre including concert images, personal portraits, backstage candids and audience shots. Featured photographers include the legendary Jim Marshall who is known for his portraits of musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Magnum photographer Thomas Hoepker, winner of the 2014 Leica Hall of Fame Award, will have a 60 year retrospective of his work entitled “Wanderlust.” And Till Brönner, the internationally acclaimed trumpeter, singer and composer, will be presenting his new book of photographs called “Faces of Talent.” Other artists include Bryan Adams, Michael Agel, René Burri, Alejandro Cegarra, Anton Corbijn, Jamie Cullum, Glen Craig, D-Nice, Lois Hechenblaikner, Martin Kollar, Gerd Ludwig, Mary McCartney, Anja Niedringhaus, Jürgen Schadeberg, Andy Summers, Tom Wright and George Yammine.

    The Leica Galerie in Hall 1 will be open daily during Photokina (16 to 21 September 2014) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. 

     
  4. Lummus Park, Miami Beach, Miami, FL

     
  5. Columbia Heights, 3345 14th St NW, Washington, DC

     
  6. On Saturday, August 9, 2014 there will be an opening reception for a photography show I am part of with the STRATA Collective under the theme “Faith” at the Leica Gallery on 9th and F Sts. NW, DC. Please save the date and come out to see some fantastic and interesting street photographs that conjure up the various meanings of faith. Other photographers include Matt Dunn, Hector Isaac, Bill Bramble, Steve Goldenberg, Joshua Yospyn and  Michael W. Hicks.

    The above image is one I shot at Logan Circle in Washington, D.C., several years ago.

    Press release follows:

    Leica Store Washington DC Presents:
    "Faith" by Strata Collective

    Opening Reception is Saturday, August 9, 2014
    6pm to 9pm
    Leica Store DC
    977 F street, NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    Telephone (+1) 202-787-5900

     We are pushed to questions as we step into the world through the complex eyes of Strata Collective. As observers of the street they cleverly draw us close to bubbles of constructed reality and we begin to glimpse the slight or might of the varied personal trusts we live amongst.

    As both photographers and engaged citizens, the members of Strata Collective explore the notions

    of faith and the things people hold onto in times of uncertainty, whether it be God, country, communities, resources, family, or ideas. We’ve seen these struggles play out in towns and cities across the country - human dramas that unfold in the street. It’s on the street that faith is proclaimed, tested, reinforced and abandoned, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing American landscape.

    This collection represents both new and previously exhibited photographs by the Strata Collective, specially curated for this exhibition under the theme of “Faith”.

    ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE-

    Strata is a photography collective borne out of a shared passion for the still image. Its members seek to document the beauty, humor, mystery and absurdity in the quotidian. We are not interested in stock photography nor in images that are simply illustrative. Strata strives to create images that are hard to make and even harder to categorize. Pictures that raise more questions than answers and reflect an eclectic, diverse worldview.

     
  7. Tiki Bar, 204 S. Tenth Street, Crisfield, MD (soundtrack)

     
  8. 3000 block of The Alameda, Baltimore, MD

     
  9. 23rd & P St., NW, Washington, DC

     
  10. 30 years ago I went to my first punk show in the DC area. It was Naked Raygun, TSOL, MIA and the Cereal Killers at WUST Hall (now the new 9:30 club location on 9th and V Sts.). Back then I didn’t have a camera nor the balls to photograph the bands, punks and skinheads at these shows, but I remembered the energy, the fun and the danger that swirled like a tornado at these events. For the last four years, I’ve been shooting the current hardcore and punk scene in DC and Baltimore which has been making waves in our area and beyond, just look at how many people come out and travel for the yearly Damaged City festival. It’s pretty amazing to bump into people from Brazil, Sweden, the UK, California, etc.

    Now I have culminated some of my best photos into a book entitled Suspect Device. I chose the name because the camera is a device, I’m Chris Suspect and I do enjoy the Stiff Little Fingers reference. The goal of presenting these images is to recreate the same feelings, energy and chaos I felt as a fourteen-year-old at my first shows. This is not just about the bands, it’s also about the kind of people who are attracted to this underground lifestyle. 

    I am fortunate enough to have Alec MacKaye write the forward for it. I asked Alec to do it because he’s a great writer and also because he was there at the beginning when harDCore started. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on a scene that is now more than 30 years old and still going strong. He did a fantastic job!

    The image in this post is the book’s cover. It is published by Empty Stretch, a photo book company from DC which has been breaking lots of ground in the art photography world lately. The first run is 100 copies and we will be having a release party for it at Hill and Dale Records on June 21 which coincides with a Govinda Gallery show entitled East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2014 featuring a number of other photographers, including myself.

    If you can’t make the reception and are interested in getting Suspect Device I strongly encourage you to pre-order it from Empty Stretch. Here are the details:

    "Suspect Device"
    By Chris Suspect
    68 pages, 8.5 x 11 in
    Hand numbered in edition of 100
    Forward by Alec MacKaye
    $20 USD + S/H

    PRE-ORDER (FIRST ORDERS SHIPPING JUNE 23):
    http://emptystretch.storenvy.com/products/7791675-suspect-device

    BOOK LAUNCH (JUNE 21): 
    https://www.facebook.com/events/295057294005162/

    Update 6/17/14: The book has sold out. There are some left that you can order from the Leica Store DC, but you will need to call or email them.