Sam Kassirer is a musician & producer from Maine. When he's not touring with Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, he's at his farm-studio producing albums & songs. Sam uses his Lubitel & Holga as a an outlet from music. He answered some questions and revealed some photos after the jump!
I first met *Sam Kassirer* by-way of designing merchandise for his band, *Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band*. It wasn’t long before we realized we share the same love for analogue photography. When Sam isn’t out on tour, he’s at his recording-studio in an 18th century farmhouse in southern, interior Maine, called the *Great North Sound Society*. It’s there that he’s produced dozens of records for other musicians.
While walking around New Orleans, Louisiana, Sam snapped a few photos that ended up being used within the artwork for Josh Ritter’s 2010 album So Runs the World Away. Check out the original photos, and the front & back covers of the album below. (Graphic design by Matthew Fleming)
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a musician and producer. I split my time between touring with Josh Ritter and making records up at my farmhouse recording studio in rural Maine called the Great North Sound Society. I take pictures when I need a break from either of those two things.
What got you into Lomography? How does it fit into your lifestyle?
I got into old medium format cameras a while back and found out about Lomography through a friend. I thought it was cool they were making versions of the old cameras that work well and didn’t give up the parameters and fun that come with using those old cameras. I do zero editing of the medium-format Lomo photos I take. It just adds to the fun for me.
What cameras, films & accessories do you use?
I have a Holga 120 mm and a Lubitel. I love using them both. I usually only bring one per tour. The only accessory I really use is a cable release so I can mess around with really long exposure stuff.
Traveling a lot on tour must lend well to taking photographs in all kinds of different places. Talk a little about how the cameras play a role in documenting your travels.
When I’m touring as a musician, I don’t often have entire days to check out a city or town, so walking around with a camera for 40 mins and getting some shots makes me feel a little more like I’m taking a piece of that place home with me. The many small pockets of time on the road lend themselves well to getting pictures of anything and everything. Plus, its also a nice surprise to see what came out when I get home. It also means I don’t have to be tied to a laptop, memory cards, batteries, etc. which is liberating as a hobby photographer.
What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
Probably people although I rarely have the balls to ask people I don’t know if I can take their picture. I had an idea years ago that I’d take photos of every waiter or waitress we meet on a tour. After the first three said no I got discouraged… I’d like to try something like that again though. I also like taking pictures of random stuff though. Really whatever looks good in the light…
Because of the cool temperatures currently occupying the midwest, I’ve taken a break from going out and taking pictures. I figured this would be a good opportunity to share work by some of my friends, so be on the lookout for more features coming up! A huge thanks to Sam for sharing his photos and his time, and keep your ears ready for some new music from him & Josh in the near future. Lastly, please don’t forget to check out _*My Blog!*_