We had the good fortune of connecting with Jérôme Brunet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jérôme, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve never considered it a business really but a desire to truly express myself through my art. Photography just happened to be a channel I felt comfortable with from the get go. The business side of it just came with experience, trial and error mostly.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My love for music began long before I found my way into photography. My mother was a classically trained musician and teacher, and had me playing the cello at age four. I continued on for the next ten years into my teens, but when I first heard the opening riff of Led Zeppelin’s “Communication Breakdown” I instantly switched over to the guitar. It wasn’t until high school, when I took a photography class, that my mission in life became clear, combining my two passions together: music and photography.
Years later, while studying photography at the E.F.E.T. art college in Paris, France, I had the honor of meeting the master humanist photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who just happened to live near me next to the Louvre. I remember looking into his clear, blue eyes and telling him what an enormous inspiration he was. The next time I saw him on the street, I ran back to my flat to get one of his books, and asked him to sign it. He brushed aside my pen and instead drew a vintage gold fountain pen from his coat and proceeded to sign irreverently, “Henri etc.”
After moving to California, in early 2001, I had the life changing experience of taking a master class with Jim Marshall, the godfather of rock photography. Afterwards we drank bourbon at his place and I was transfixed as he regaled me with his incredible stories of shooting the legendary Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. He later invited me to showcase my work alongside his at one of his last benefit shows on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. A memory I will never forget.
As a musician and music fan, photography has allowed me to channel my passion, and for the past twenty some odd years now the goal has always been to try and capture the soul of the musicians I shoot.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Usually I’ll start at The Rainbow Bar & Grill and then things get a little blurry from there…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people I owe a debt of gratitude for their help and support over the years including legendary music photographers like Jim Marshall and Baron Wolman whom guided me throughout my career. But I owe the biggest debt to my mother for gifting me my love and passion for music.
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