Versofest 2023

Lynn Goldsmith, Julia Gorton, Katie Settel, Michael Friedman, with moderator Dylan Hundley

Saturday, April 1, 2:30 pm

Musician Dylan Hundley (Lulu Lewis) hosts a cadre of influential and regional rock photographers in this Rock Photography Panel focusing on the craft, style, and approach behind their legendary shots.

Lynn Goldsmith

Lynn Goldsmith’s imagery is in numerous museum collections: The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum Folkwang, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection, etc.  Her work over the past 50 years in the editorial world has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, The New Yorker, etc. The subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extraordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Winning numerous prestigious awards from the Lucien Clergue to the World Press in Portraiture, to the Lucie for Portraiture in 2020.  Lynn considers herself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to make her quest into the nature of identity and the human spirit into her livelihood.

Fourteen books of Lynn’s imagery have been published. One of which, New Kids, was on The New York Times Best Seller list, a rare occurrence for any coffee table book of photography.  She’s also received two New York Art Direction awards. Goldsmith’s work is currently the focus of a landmark art/intellectual property case at the Supreme Court.

Julia Gorton

Julia Gorton started her career as the photographer, creative director + publisher of the no wave fanzine Beat It!,  which offered an insiders view of the downtown new york music scene, 1976-1980.

Her high contrast photos combined with graphic patterns, DIY lettering and random collaged elements captured a fleeting time with unique style which she continues to explore through her photo collages, t-shirts and zines. Gorton's photos of musicians have been seen in NY Rocker, No Magazine, The New York Times, Vice/Garage, Dazed, I-D and on record jackets for independent labels including Ork Records, Lust/Unlust and Ze Records.

Her photography was prominently featured in No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980 by Thurston moore and Byron Coley, Untypical Girls by Sam Knee and Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955-present by Gail Buckland. Nowhere New York is her first photobook.

Her work has been seen at Kata Gallery in Tokyo, Doomed Gallery in London, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, MOMA, Museum of Arts and Design + the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Katie Settel

Katie Settel is a Connecticut-based photographer known for her evocative performance images as the in-house photographer at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Best known for her images of The Foo Fighters, BB King, and Steven Tyler; Katie Settel sees the world as inherently beautiful. 

This view comes through in her photographs of everything from rock stars to social injustice and has earned her international recognition. Featured in Forbes, People, Venu, and more; Katie has solidified a reputation for getting the shot no one else can. 

Whether breathing new life into ‘(Un)forgotten’ individuals or capturing the unexpected beauty in the present, her approach is the same. 

Connect emotionally. Inspire authenticity. Capture unseen beauty. 

Katie studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and The International Center of Photography before taking the photography world by storm. 

Michael Friedman

Connecticut native, Michael Friedman, found himself standing in the hurricane’s eye of America’s folk, rock & roll, and pop music industry during the late 60s through the early 80s. 

Friedman had the good fortune of befriending, working, and traveling with many highly respected musical artists.  While initially working as a publicist, and later as a manager and music producer, he was also an avid photographer. 

Between 1969 and 1973, with a Pentax Camera and Tri-X film, Friedman photographed some of the most notable musicians of the time, on and off stage.  But before he printed most of the photos, he lost track of the negatives and eventually considered them lost.  Then, in 2017, after 45 years, Michael's wife Donna Vita discovered the long lost negatives in an old box of business records in the attic.  She and Michael began the project of restoring the photographs, which is still a work in progress, with many images yet to be shared. 

It turns out to be a remarkable collection of never-before-seen, candid, black and white photos of iconic musicians and performers, including The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, The Band, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Todd Rundgren and others. 

Moderator Dylan Hundley is an American actress, singer, and visual artist best known for playing Sally Fowler in the 1990 Academy Award-nominated film Metropolitan and as lead singer of the New York post-punk/new wave band, Lulu Lewis.

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