A Decade Of Decibels: The Photography Of JOE KLEON Gallery Opening Set For June 7th

May 16, 2013, 3 years ago

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In the last decade, Cleveland-based photographer Joe Kleon has built a huge portfolio of concert shots, producing work that is striking and evocative, as he’s become Cleveland’s premiere music photographer working today.

A Decade Of Decibels The Photography Of Joe Kleon will open at Space: ROCK, 15721 Waterloo Road in Cleveland, Ohio, with a reception from 6-10 pm Friday, June 7. DSNRadio.com is cosponsoring the show.

June 7 has special significance for Kleon: it’s his tenth wedding anniversary. And he bought his first professional-quality camera to take on his honeymoon with his wife Nicole.

Kleon’s work grew out of his involvement in music. He was a radio announcer for 25 years, with top-rated stints on WNCX and WRQK, and worked as sound-effects tech for area PINK FLOYD tribute band Wish You Were Here. He started shooting for photos for Wish You Were Here and quickly recognized his true passion and gift.

In the last ten years, Kleon has photographed nearly 100 shows and events a year. This exhibit will feature artists as RUSH, AEROSMITH, ANVIL, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, LIZZY BORDEN, TED NUGENT, SCORPIONS, STEVE VAI, SLASH, DOWN, MARILYN MANSON, Y&T;, ANTHRAX, along with Ohio hard rock and metal bands such as SHOK PARIS, BREAKER, DESTRUCTOR, SOULLESS, ETERNAL LEGACY, AMERICAN DOG, and other top performers such as BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, BRITNEY SPEARS, DAVE MATTHEWS, KID ROCK, PAUL SIMON, NEIL DIAMOND, BARRY MANILOW, TOBY KEITH, ROD STEWART, STEVIE NICKS, JOE WALSH, ZZ TOP, TAYLOR SWIFT and many more.

Kleon’s work has appeared in many newspapers, magazines, television commercials, and CD artwork.

While shooting concerts can be difficult and challenging, Kleon consistently produces shots that capture the artist’s personality and the excitement of the music in technically high-quality work.

"I love capturing the energy of a performance and the vibe of the venue,” he says. “I want viewers to be transported through my photos to the concert. I want them to feel the electricity in the air and the emotion of the music."

A Decade Of Decibels will run through the end of July. 25% of all sales will go to benefit the North Collinwood-based nonprofit Waterloo Alley Cat Project, which neuters and cares for feral cats.

For more details visit Joekleon.com.

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