Eye On Texas: Sandy Carson Explores the Relationship Between Musicians and Fans in ‘We Were There’


This project explores the symbiotic relationship between rock-concert fans, bands and photographers at music festivals. Without the band there are no fans; without the fans there is no band. One cannot exist without the other. It is also a self-portrait of a music fan, musician and photographer who has been on both sides of the stage, barrier and photo pit. The project’s images were made over the last seven years on assignment at various music festivals in Austin. They were taken during the first three songs of each concert.

This photo is of the crowd for Odd Future at the Historic Scoot Inn, part of the Thrasher Death Match showcase at SXSW 2011.

See more of Austin photographer Sandy Carson’s work at sandycarson.com.

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Sandy Carson is a Scottish photographer, cyclist and musician who emigrated to the United States in 1993. Carson's commercial work is published in The New York Times, Aperture, The Guardian and more. In addition to photography, he rides bikes for Fairdale and makes music for Iglomat in Austin, Texas, where he recently founded Cardinal Press.

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