A Decade of Decibels: The Photography of Joe Kleon Opens at Space: ROCK Friday June 7
In the last decade, Cleveland-based photographer Joe Kleon has built a huge portfolio of concert shots, producing work that is striking and evocative, as he’s become the area’s premiere music photographer working today.
Now he’ll have his first-ever one-man exhibit, showcasing the full range of his work. “A Decade of Decibels The Photography of Joe Kleon” will open at Space: ROCK, 15721 Waterloo Road in North Collinwood, with a reception from 6-10 pm Friday June 7. DSNRadio.com is cosponsoring the show.
June 7 has special significance for Kleon: it’s his tenth wedding anniversary. And he bought his first professional-quality camera to take on his honeymoon with his wife Nicole.
Kleon’s work grew out of his involvement in music. He was a radio announcer for 25 years, with top-rated stints on WNCX and WRQK, and worked as sound-effects tech for area Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here. He started shooting for photos for Wish You Were Here and quickly recognized his true passion and gift.
In the last ten years, Kleon has photographed nearly 100 shows and events a year. Slide shows of his concert shoots appear regularly at Scene’s website, featuring such artists as Rush, Bruce Springsteen, Britney Spears, the Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, Barry Manilow, Toby Keith, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Kiss, Aerosmith and Taylor Swift. They are among the dozens of artists whose photos will be part of “A Decade of Decibels.”
Kleon has also been staff photographer for Michael Stanley and Auburn Records for the last ten years, as well as for the yearly Kumite Classic, a national martial arts championship, held in Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in many newspapers, magazines, television commercials, and CD artwork.
While shooting concerts can be difficult and challenging, Kleon consistently produces shots that capture the artist’s personality and the excitement of the music in technically high-quality work.
"I love capturing the energy of a performance and the vibe of the venue,” he says. “I want viewers to be transported through my photos to the concert. I want them to feel the electricity in the air and the emotion of the music."
A Decade of Decibels will run through the end of July. 25% of all sales will go to benefit the North Collinwood-based nonprofit Waterloo Alley Cat Project, which neuters and cares for feral cats.
For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Space-ROCK/577928505565228?ref=hl . To find out more about Kleon and see some of his work, go to www.joekleon.com.
(Photo - Rush Courtesy Of Joe Kleon)