How to Photograph Music Festivals, with Nicole Fara Silver

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Music festivals are increasing in popularity by the day—during the summer there is hardly a weekend without one. You’ve got your pass, and you’re headed to work your first festival. Not sure what to expect? Nicole Fara Silver has got your back. Nicole, who has photographed multiple music festivals, including South By Southwest and Governors Ball, displays photos and covers the ins and outs of music festival photography. Topics include live photography and proper photo-pit etiquette, backstage portraits, festival fashion and atmosphere, coordinating with editors and writers, and surviving harsh conditions.


Nicole Fara Silver is a music and portrait photographer from New York City. Paying homage to the beginnings of rock photography, Nicole Fara Silver captures the spirit and electricity of her subjects. Her photography has appeared in many publications, including Rolling Stone, NME, CMT Edge, InStyle, and Elmore Magazine. Her iconic images of rock musicians, including guitarist Jason Hill, of Louis XIV, have graced the walls at the Milk Gallery in New York on more than one occasion, and her music portfolio expands almost daily, including work with Wayne Coyne, Robert Plant, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Backstreet Boys, The Strokes, Kelis & more.