chris la putt - a rather pessimistic music photographer in nyc and a firm believer in righteous indignation.
ruining your google search results for the best nyc-based music + concert + portrait + band photographer since 2007.

nb: this is my editing wall. some photos will come up and down at the whim of the egotistical photographer.
Mar 27
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Oderus Ungurus of Gwar - Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC - February 20th, 2011 
I’m late to this and was away when I heard that Dave Brockie aka Oderus Ungurus - lead singer of Gwar was found dead in his apartment this week. I’ve shot Gwar a couple of times and I’ve never been pleased with my photo of Oderus or of Oderus’ penis. This is the closest in memoriam photo I have of Oderus but it’s still a bit blurry for my taste. Figured I’d share.
RIP Oderus.  

Oderus Ungurus of Gwar - Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC - February 20th, 2011 

I’m late to this and was away when I heard that Dave Brockie aka Oderus Ungurus - lead singer of Gwar was found dead in his apartment this week. I’ve shot Gwar a couple of times and I’ve never been pleased with my photo of Oderus or of Oderus’ penis. This is the closest in memoriam photo I have of Oderus but it’s still a bit blurry for my taste. Figured I’d share.

RIP Oderus.  

Feb 01
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J. Roddy Walston and the Business - B.B. King’s, NYC - January 31st, 2014
Someone giving J. Roddy a beer from the crowd in between songs. 

J. Roddy Walston and the Business - B.B. King’s, NYC - January 31st, 2014

Someone giving J. Roddy a beer from the crowd in between songs. 

Jan 29
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Pete Seeger - Clearwater Festival, NY - June 20th, 2009

Pete Seeger - Clearwater Festival, NY - June 20th, 2009

Jan 03
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Just found this copy of Stephin and Claudia singing “All I Want to Know” and I just thought it sounded wonderful. 

Jan 01
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 Channy Leaneagh of Polica - BrooklynVegan CMJ Day Party 2011 - October 22nd, 2011

 Channy Leaneagh of Polica - BrooklynVegan CMJ Day Party 2011 - October 22nd, 2011

Dec 30
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Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells - South Street Seaport, NYC - August 14th, 2009
Rest in Peace and fuck cancer - http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/12/benjamin_curtis.html

Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells - South Street Seaport, NYC - August 14th, 2009

Rest in Peace and fuck cancer - http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/12/benjamin_curtis.html

Dec 10
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Lucius - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - December 7th, 2013
One of my favorite shows this year. I saw them a little over a year and a half ago at GoogaMooga and thought they were cute but a bit forgettable. It’s amazing what practice and dedication does. Best of luck to them. 
Oh, and sorry for the lack of updates. 

Lucius - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - December 7th, 2013

One of my favorite shows this year. I saw them a little over a year and a half ago at GoogaMooga and thought they were cute but a bit forgettable. It’s amazing what practice and dedication does. Best of luck to them. 

Oh, and sorry for the lack of updates. 

Nov 09
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Chris Thile - Canal Room, NYC - April 30th, 2008

Chris Thile - Canal Room, NYC - April 30th, 2008

Aug 28
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I think this Jean Grae photo sums up how I feel about shooting the Afropunk Festival. Too many fucking photographers, fucked up band schedules, and idiotic security (really, you want to push me 5 inches away while I’m shooting in the photo pit because Jada Pinkett Smith moved in my general area while performing? fuck you, douchebags). Redeeming factors of said festival: 
- great people watching- Big Freedia- Trash Talk fans and their ability to destroy the barricades. It was such a cathartic experience witnessing that first hand (props to the panda dude). 
Photos of the shit show are on BrooklynVegan along with Amanda’s photos here and here.
So am I bitter? Quite. Also - condolences to Jean Grae’s mom who just passed away. It seems petty that I complain about this shit and she goes out and gives it her all but I am pretty shallow. 
"I don’t expect to be loved, adored, or even noticed. I expect to exceed the goals that I set for myself and be kick ass on my own terms." - Jean Grae

I think this Jean Grae photo sums up how I feel about shooting the Afropunk Festival. Too many fucking photographers, fucked up band schedules, and idiotic security (really, you want to push me 5 inches away while I’m shooting in the photo pit because Jada Pinkett Smith moved in my general area while performing? fuck you, douchebags). 

Redeeming factors of said festival: 

- great people watching
- Big Freedia
- Trash Talk fans and their ability to destroy the barricades. It was such a cathartic experience witnessing that first hand (props to the panda dude). 

Photos of the shit show are on BrooklynVegan along with Amanda’s photos here and here.

So am I bitter? Quite. Also - condolences to Jean Grae’s mom who just passed away. It seems petty that I complain about this shit and she goes out and gives it her all but I am pretty shallow. 

"I don’t expect to be loved, adored, or even noticed. I expect to exceed the goals that I set for myself and be kick ass on my own terms." - Jean Grae

Jul 21
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Ted Leo - Maxwell’s, Hoboken - June 16th, 2008
Wish I was there tonight for one of the last Maxwell’s shows :( 

Ted Leo - Maxwell’s, Hoboken - June 16th, 2008

Wish I was there tonight for one of the last Maxwell’s shows :( 

Jul 18
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The Specials - Pier 26, NYC - July 17th, 2013
Terry Hall, John Bradbury (hidden behind the drums!), Horace Panter, Nik Torp (background on keys), and Lynval Golding of the Specials. Check out more photos of the Specials over at BrooklynVegan.

The Specials - Pier 26, NYC - July 17th, 2013

Terry Hall, John Bradbury (hidden behind the drums!), Horace Panter, Nik Torp (background on keys), and Lynval Golding of the Specials. Check out more photos of the Specials over at BrooklynVegan.

Jul 16
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Couple - All Points West Music Festival, Jersey City - August 8th, 2008
I hope they find this photo and are still together

Couple - All Points West Music Festival, Jersey City - August 8th, 2008

I hope they find this photo and are still together

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Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) - All Points West, Jersey City - August 10th, 2008
I think this was in my portfolio in ‘08. Now I feel it’s a bit blah unless you know who Chan is…

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) - All Points West, Jersey City - August 10th, 2008

I think this was in my portfolio in ‘08. Now I feel it’s a bit blah unless you know who Chan is…

Jul 15
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Butch Walker - Blender Theater, NYC - November 13th, 2008

Butch Walker - Blender Theater, NYC - November 13th, 2008

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Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) - All Points West, Jersey City - August 10th, 2008

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) - All Points West, Jersey City - August 10th, 2008