Jason Thrasher lives in Athens, Georgia, where he's been working as an artist and professional photographer for nearly 20 years. His coverage of the Southeast's rich and varied music scene includes published portraits of the Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, R.E.M. and the Elephant Six collective, to name a few. He's also captured rare images of OutKast at Stankonia and Rico Wade at his infamous hip-hop "Dungeon" in Atlanta, and images of Ty Segall, The Whigs, Widespread Panic, Cracker, Drive-By Truckers and Against Me! on tour. His ties to Athens and the world-famous 40 Watt Club and Georgia Theater have also given him access to photograph nationally touring musicians on a regular basis.
Thrasher's photography has been published in Rolling Stone, Billboard, New York Magazine, New York Times, The Bitter Southerner, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, The AV Club, Salon, Pitchfork, Garden & Gun, USA Today and SPIN. His work is featured in the album designs of the Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood, Booker T., Randall Bramblett, Cracker, David Lowery, Macha and Bad Religion. His promotional photography for New West Records, ATO Records, Anti Records, Warner Brothers, Total Treble, Razor & Tie, and Polyvinyl has produced many iconic images.
His fine art photography has been exhibited at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, ICA in London, Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Corcoran School of Fine Art in Washington, DC, and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. And his new body of work based on the Athens music scene, Athens Potluck, is currently on view at the Georgia Theater Gallery in downtown Athens, and is forthcoming as a new fine art book this fall. .
Photographer Jason Thrasher selected the first musician for the series, Laura Carter of Elf Power and the Orange Twin Collective, photographed her, and asked her five questions; Laura then chose and posed her questions to Will Hart, of Olivia Tremor Control, who chose Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel, and so on. Most recently, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. interviewed Andy LeMaster of Now It’s Overhead and Bright Eyes. Jason photographed each musician at home or in the studio, along with his or her questions, which have been written variously on vinyl records, album covers, on books and in works of art, for the next artist. The series has veered from the E-6 Collective to rock, to traditional old-time music, to punk, to country and back to indie again, with musicians driving the project forward as they pass the baton from one to the next. Athens Potluck is a glimpse into the richly diverse and oft secretive Athens music scene, spawned decades ago by R.E.M., Pylon and the B-52s.
Athens Potluck is a fine-art photography book being released by Deeds Publishing on October 31, 2017.
Thrasher has been working nationally as an artist and professional photographer based out of Athens for nearly twenty years. His coverage of the Southeast’s music scene includes portraits and tour photography for hundreds of musicians, and his iconic music photography has been published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The New York Times, Paste and Pitchfork. His fine art photography has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries such as the ICA in London, the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. To see more of his work, visit ThrasherPhoto.com.
9" X 12" Hardcover | ISBN 978-1-944193-46-1 | 424 Pages
PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers / Artists' Books
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