McGlashan shares views on photography

16:00, Jan 17 2013
Don McGlashan
SHOT: Musician Don McGlashan will be giving a talk about his favourite photo in the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition next week.

Songwriter Don McGlashan has dubbed being photographed a "necessary evil" when it comes to being in the music business.

The 53-year-old musician who is perhaps best known for his time with band The Mutton Birds as well as a raft of television and movie soundtracks, will be giving a talk on his favourite photo in the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit currently on show at the Auckland Art Gallery.

The exhibition originally opened in Brooklyn in 2009 and left the United States for the first time last year to be shown in Auckland - where it is open until March 3.

Featuring 173 incredible images, Who Shot Rock & Roll documents the history of modern music with a mixture of studio and candid shots of artists rincluding Elvis Presley, Led Zepplin, Bob Dylan and Amy Winehouse.

While Mr McGlashan is spoilt for choice, he is keeping mum on the photo he will be speaking about.

However, the Eden Terrace resident is happy to reflect on his own time in front of the camera.


"I've always found having your picture taken a bit of a necessary evil.

"You spend time on your own working to make something interesting and then work with the band in the studio but then in order to sell it you've got to plonk an image on top of it - which usually involves standing in front of a brick wall or in a flower bed," he says.

"Some of my worst times have been on photo shoots when the band is grumpy and nobody wants to be there, but having said that some of the music I love has been enhanced by a great image.

"If you've got a really good artist taking the photo then it brings something special to the music," he says.

Mr McGlashan is speaking at the gallery's Open Late session which runs from 6pm to 9pm on January 22.

Dear Time's Waste will be performing on the night and DJ Aroha will be spinning records.

Tickets are available at event or on the door.

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