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!