Lenny Kravitz's Photography Book 'Flash': See How the Rocker Turned the Tables on Paparazzi
Add published photographer to Lenny K...
Add published photographer to Lenny Kravitz’s resume. The rocker has recently released Flash, a book of photos he took around the world. The twist: Every photo finds the rocker pointing his lens at paparazzi and fans as they were snapping photos of him on the road. Though he has moved onto other photographic subjects, Kravitz tells Billboard he did miss casting the lens back at photographers when he joined Katy Perry at this year’s Super Bowl. “When that was going on I was like, ‘Damn, I’m missing some good shots,’” he says laughing. “I had all these cameras in my face.”
Kravitz was inspired to do the book w...
Kravitz was inspired to do the book when he showed photographer friend Jean-Baptiste Mondino some of the images he'd taken. "I was showing him all kinds of photos that I had done and he said, 'I really think that you should go with this theme as your first exhibition,'" Kravitz explains. "I liked the photos, but I didn't think to do anything with them."
"I spent the time focusing on all the...
"I spent the time focusing on all the faces, all the people, all moods, their spirits, their vibes, even sometimes their pain," says Kravitz about looking at the images he captured.
"It turned it from something that wou...
"It turned it from something that would be annoying into something that's challenging and interesting," says Kravitz of shooting those taking pictures of him.
"You feel the flashes if you're being...
"You feel the flashes if you're being chased or you're trying to get through and they're not letting you through, there's a lot of movement," says Kravitz. "At the same time I'm working with a manual camera so I'm dealing with getting my light, getting my focus, getting everything straight while I'm trying to maneuver to get from point A to point B. So it became a real challenge that I actually welcomed. "Okay, here they come, let's go, let me try and get my camera out and get a shot."
"It probably will even move into movi...
"It probably will even move into moving images, me directing things," says Kravitz of photography. "I love it."
"They'd just keep shooting while I wa...
"They'd just keep shooting while I was shooting," says Kravitz. "'Well, we'll get this picture now, he's holding a camera.' They would just keep shooting."
"These photos had to sit for a couple...
"These photos had to sit for a couple of years," says Kravitz. "For me, things have to sit and I have to get away from them, forget them and then when I see them again it's fresh."
One of the first shots Kravitz took w...
One of the first shots Kravitz took was a few years ago in Florence, Italy. "I remember walking out with my godkids, who were out on tour for a summer. We had taken three or four kids from the family on tour, to take them around and we were walking around trying to hang out," he recalls. "I had my camera to shoot other things that I was seeing and we got bombarded. I decided to turn it into an exercise instead of being annoyed."
Kravitz will be taking his Flash phot...
Kravitz will be taking his Flash photo exhibition to galleries around the world. Next stop: Germany.