[Feature] No Sound Required: Danny Clinch

Danny Clinch is one of the better photographers and creatives we have come across. He was recently introduced to us through a mutual friend as someone we should approach if we had an interest concert photography. What that friend did not tell us was that Danny’s finger has been responsible for more iconic pictures of the music industry than Elvis could shake his hips at. We learned this fact only after talking to the 30+ year veteran. Thankfully Danny is cool as sh*t and was kind enough to share a view into his collection along with a little story for each image provided. Sound not required.

1. Metallica (San Quentin Prison, 2003)

“The guards at San Quentin handed all of us contracts to sign that stated if anyone was taken hostage, they would not negotiate. Lars was the first to sign.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

2. Tupac Shakur (New York, 1993)

“I was thoroughly intrigued with how prepared and professional Tupac was for this shoot.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

3. Bob Dylan (Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, 1993)

“This was during a long day of us hanging out together. You’ll notice that this newspaper was in Spanish. Bob also wanted to ensure that I was capturing his shoes. Once the flash of one of my cameras died, Bob said that was a sign from someone signaling the end of the shoot.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

4. Dave Grohl (Glasglow, Scotland, 1993)

“My sweet spot on stage is hiding behind an amplifier and waiting for something good to happen. Something good happened here with Dave and the crowd.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

5. Jay Z (Bonnaroo, 2010)

“I can’t recall the exact song, but I can remember that Jay was gesturing back to his DJ to turn it up.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

6. Phish (Limestone, Maine, 1997)

“Phish does this cool barbershop quartet. Not often, but they can do it.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

7. Willie Nelson (Des Moines, Iowa, 2013)

“I had the privilege of being on Willie’s tour bus. I wanted to take a photo of Mr. Nelson smoking one, but when I picked up my camera, he put down the joint he was smoking. Then, he picked up a bigger one for the shot.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

8. James Brown (2005 Grammy Awards)

“A man who needs no introduction. He took it upon himself to pick up the name card from my assistant and hold it up when he was performing at the Grammy’s in 2005.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

9. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (2015 Grammy Awards)

“I very much enjoy the connection these two have. They have a remarkable amount of love and respect for each other.”

Photo: Danny Clinch

Photo: Danny Clinch

As featured in the 2017 Music Issue of Whalebone Magazine. Get your hands on a copy over here, and check out more of Danny’s celebrated work in move over on his website and Instagram. Thank you, Danny.