Music Makers { 25 images } Created 28 Aug 2012

MUSIC MAKERS is a portrait project about the renowned and lesser known men and women who make, repair, adjust and tune instruments. These artisans are members of a dying breed of craftsmen whose work is invaluable to our culture. Music makers spend countless hours creating and repairing instruments for individual musicians and, by extension, chamber groups, symphonies, festivals, and conservatories. Their work is a specialized trade that requires years of training, practice and apprenticeship.

Luthiers, piano "bellymen", brass and woodwind technicians and bow-makers use wood, horse hair, metal, brass, varnish, glue, paint, and rope, in order to make a balanced instrument that is both functional and beautiful. They carve wood, string, fashion mouth pieces, varnish, drill holes, sand, and tune with the utmost perfection and sensitivity to sound and form. Instruments are manipulated and touched by their hands rather than machines on an assembly line. Workbenches are full of hand-made tools and custom-made machines to make large-scale parts and tiny adjustments.

This world, which seems to belong to a vanished era before the age of mass production, is scarcely visible to us, yet it is indispensable to the creation of music. Music makers are not so much seen as heard. Admired and trusted by musicians, they work in studios and in the wings of concert halls. 

My portraits are a new body of work depicting the silent stars of music making, and in this documentation, I hope to preserve a most precious part of this skilled and passionate art.
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