"We were halfway through an Australasia tour in 2012. Wrapping up Stereosonic in Australia, we then flew to Bali for a week off in a nice villa, ending with a private show for the U.N. Global Youth Conference. The production was basic, but that is sometimes a good thing; I was able to time a perfect shot when the lights silhouetted him and create this photo. After his death, I think this photo just speaks for itself to just sum up Avicii as a whole; one of my best friends that was a beacon of light to everyone he knew."
"It had been a long day, I was photographing for Steve Aoki this night, and Avicii's DJ slot was right before his. We could only hear Tim's (Avicii) set from the long stairwells behind the stage that leads up to the DJ booth. Tomorrowland's main stage is where the masters play; no one is allowed up there. Avicii came down the stairs as soon as his set ended, you could see how happy he was, and his adrenaline was pumping. He picked up Steve, put him on his shoulder and naturally I just took the photographs. You can't make these moments up. Could not have been more perfect. Right before Tim took off, he asked me to email him these photographs, was a complete honor and unforgettable memory."
"This photo was from a show Avicii played at Vanguard, which is now the venue called Create in Hollywood, California. It was really special to have gotten to meet him and shoot there this night. He was doing a big thing for charity and had raised a lot of money for it. He really seemed like a good guy and he definitely touched a lot of people with his music and also his philanthropic endeavors."
"There was an aura about Avicii, even before the 'Levels' hype. People knew he was going to be very special. This photo was taken on October 2010 in Washington DC (Club Glow) during his first North American Tour run. This was the exact night i knew i wanted to pursue a dream of photography in the Dance Music world. I was able to tell him this story a few years later, and in true Tim fashion, he thanked me for sharing this with him and encouraged me to keep pushing harder. Sadly that was the last time I ever saw him in person."
"Years ago, my claim to fame was being the guy in the Avicii - 'The Nights' music video. This is a photo taken in 2015 right before Tim's set at Ultra. It was my first time meeting him. I created a music video for his song 'The Nights' that changed my life. It was the first time, in my life I had major success and got to see the reach Avicii was capable of. The music video touched lives all around the world and to this day I still get messages about that music video changing someones life. I couldn't be more honored to have had the opportunity to create something with Tim, that helped change a small part of the world. I think now as I reflect on that time, the reason its so hard to process his passing is, before I made a name for myself, I would listen to his music as it gave me a chance to daydream and escape reality and live in a dream world where I was happy. The video was made up of the glue in my life, family, friends and memories. I'll never forget his genuine smile when I met him and thanked him for that opportunity to create visuals to his music. I hope your soul finds the peace it deserves, thanks for letting me inspire the world with you, much love and respect, Rory (the guy from the Avicii video)."
Andrew J. Rauner
"This photo of Avicii was taken from GA at Identity Festival 2011 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. At the time, I had never even received a press pass for a dance music concert. I snuck my camera into this show and stood in the front, protected by my friends, in order to grab this photo. While his timeless music pumped me and my friend’s up before a concert, Tim Bergling (Avicii) was also a guy my age manning some of the biggest DJ booths in the world. If he could live his dreams, so could I! I took a page out of his book, worked hard on my craft, and by the same time next year, I was touring with Identity Festival as their staff photographer. His early departure is tantamount to that of Kurt Cobain or Amy Winehouse. It’s truly a massive loss. While I never knew Tim personally, I am so grateful for his contributions to the world, and for being such a personal inspiration."