Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, it wasn’t until Maev Kerri began travelling to NYC that she became captivated by photography.
Inspired by Herman Leonard, Jim Marshall and Anton Corbijn, Maev Kerri’s work primarily focuses on black and white portraits of blues, jazz and folk musicians as part of an ongoing collection.
Using backlighting to create striking silhouette black and white portraits, Maev Kerri aims to show a soulful intimacy behind each musician, often capturing considered and quiet moments on the stage.
Maev Kerri is also known for capturing raw, black and white street photography of NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and New Orleans. Her street photography captures the movement of people as they travel through their expansive landscapes, in a style similar to Jim Marshall’s famous portraits of Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village in the 60s.
Primarily photographing with a Nikon, she also enjoys working with vintage film cameras, including a Ricoh Super 44 and Voigtländer Vito CLR.
While most of her photography is shot on location, Maev Kerri continues to call Sydney home.
On Music Photography
“The special quality of these photographs is in their iconic beauty, the way Herman Leonard made up the language of jazz photography, the fact that when people think jazz, more often than not, they see his photographs. There’s something else, something indefinable that is revealed in the photographs – Herman really knew his subjects. They […]
Photography is a quiet art. Sometimes a lot of people don’t notice what is in a photo, how much work went into each one, or even the photographer themselves. Sometimes it can take years to find what is in a photo. Sometimes a photographer’s work is more famous than the subjects themselves or their work […]
I never had any confidence to share any of my photography, or thought that anyone cared enough to look at it (most people didn’t know I even loved photography), until I heard in November 2015 that Anton Corbijn had retired. It broke me to know that a man so talented had thrown in his towel […]