STATUS Magazine February 2017 feat. Anderson .Paak

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X Ambassadors

Angling her camera towards the combination of spontaneous moments and technical prowess, touring photographer ANNA LEE is capturing sound one frame at a time. By Ida Aldana Interview by Janroe Cabiles



hen an event is photographed, those photos create the history that people remember,” music and wedding photographer Anna Lee enlightens. “Where human memory fails or becomes foggy, photos are a precise, tangible memory. It’s an honor to be the author of those memories. My clients rely on my vision and discretion to choose the moments that will be recorded.” Anna’s clients include Walk the Moon, whom she just finished touring with as their photographer, as well as Grouplove, Mainland, and X Ambassadors, and has shot Melanie Martinez, Jimmy Eat World, and Tegan and Sara. Though she often covers live sets, she admits that she was actually a late bloomer when it comes to music culture. “I didn’t really develop my own taste or


interest in music until college. But once I realized that those were ‘my people,’ my life and friendships revolved around musicians and music enthusiasts.” Much has changed since she first worked out the specifics of photography and her interest in music. Right before she goes back on tour—this time with MisterWives supporting Panic! At The Disco’s Death of a Bachelor Tour, she shares with us her process of mixing technicality with strategy to capture spontaneity. One unifying aspect of your photos, between wedding and music photography, is your passion for

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