Originally a restaurant owner, Elmer Williams began supplementing his income by taking photographs for insurance companies, weddings and family portraits. In 1952, the publisher of a Nashville magazine hired Williams to take candid photos at music industry gatherings and backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. Williams’ casual, easygoing approach helped him develop a friendship with many country artists. In the 1990s, Williams donated his archives of more than four thousand historic photographs – many unpublished – to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Frist Library and Archive.
From her early days as a fashion photographer in London, to her work shooting celebrity portraits, to the creation of the online Dish Magazine, Raeanne Rubenstein has worked with some of the biggest names in movies, music and pop culture.
Jeff Lipsky compares and contrasts his approach on photographing country artists in Nashville and celebrities in Los Angeles, sharing his personal anecdotes on interacting with notable personalities such as Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood.
Lawson Little came to Nashville, Tenessee in 1997 from New York City where he taught fine arts photography classes at the Cooper Union School of Art and was the management photographer for the Jacob Javitz Convention Center.
Raeanne Rubenstein shares what it takes to capture unique images of country’s honkytonk heroes, revealing some of the hilarious, unforgettable and totally true experiences she’s had with the stars of country music.
Amelia Davis presents a slide presentation of Jim Marshall’s extraordinary life’s work that documented music icons and national culture, from the 1950’s North Beach jazz scene in San Francisco through the turmoil of the 60’s and the rock and roll explosio