Tracy Anne Hart has been a music photographer for over 30 years. Based in Texas, her work has featured iconic musicians such as Vintage Trouble, Joe Ely, Billy Gibbons, and more. She recently completed a book of photos featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan along with many of his influences such as his brother and other players he followed. The exhibition will be in anticipation of the book’s upcoming release. The show will feature live music and a portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to one of Vaughan’s favorite charities.
Absolute Music will feature a collection of Hart’s work with archival prints up to 26” x 42”, posters, and a high quality exhibition catalog available for purchase. The show will take place in Antone’s nightclub in Austin, TX, a club famous for blues music that featured music legends such as Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, and B.B. King. The exhibition is set to launch February 10, 2017 with Hart currently seeking to raise $8,300 towards the production costs of the exhibition.
Those who support the Kickstarter will have access to rewards such as archival prints, signed copies of Hart’s upcoming book, a private music photography lesson by Hart and one of her favorite musicians, and a limited edition guitar provided by Fuller’s Vintage Guitars. The risk and challenges Hart foresees for the project is putting significant amounts of her own money and time into the exhibition, but not breaking even. She wants to be able to ensure the quality of the exhibition does Stevie Ray Vaughan’s legacy justice and is seeking help from the Kickstarter community to make it happen.
I was unfamiliar with Tracy Anne Hart before viewing the Kickstarter. However, to my surprise I had already come across her work on several occassions. Being from the south, the blues is one of the more popular genres of music and I recall some of Hart’s portrait work, namely of artists such as Gary Clark, Jr. and Vintage Trouble. Putting together a high-quality photo exhibition can be quite expensive, so Hart has the right idea in seeking funding to ensure it meets her standards. She’s not only showcasing her own work, but also photos that reflect the artists themselves. She’d be doing both herself and the artists a disservice if the exhibition is haphazardly put together. If I make a trip to Austin around that time, I’d love to go check it out and of course, listen to the blues!
To get more information about Tracy Ann Hart’s, Absolute Music, project, check out her Kickstarter campaign here.