I’ve had the honor of working with The Roots numerous times over the years. One of my favorite portrait sessions of all time took placed on E 19th Street in NYC, a few weeks before the release of their 7th studio album Game Theory. The music defines my hometown city of Philadelphia and I’m proud to own every album on vinyl, including many singles and rarities. In tribute, I’ve compiled outtakes dating back to my first shoot with Questlove in 2000, shot with a Nikon F5 and Fuji NPH. At the time I was working at a camera store when I got the call from City Paper art director Brian Hogan. Trevor Dixon, the assigned photographed was in a fender bender and they needed someone to drop everything and shoot the music issue cover. I told my boss there was an emergency and I had to go. Soon after I was hired full time as the City Paper staff photographer.
Live at BB King’s NYC 2007:
Questlove interviewed by Torre backstage after the show:
Live at The Tower Theater, Philadelphia 2006:
Black Thought at The Tipping Point CD release party. Emerald City, Philadelphia, 2004:
Live at The Tweeter Center with Lauryn Hill opening, Phrenology Tour, Camden NJ, 2003:
The legendary Philly All-Stars show, Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 2002
City Paper Music Issue Cover Shoot at The Tastykakes factory, 2000: