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ATP Iceland Portraits 2014

Portraits of Samaris taken backstage at Atlantic Studios in Ásbrú for ATP Iceland 2014 in Keflavík, Iceland. July 11, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

ATP Iceland was back in 2014 even bigger and better than before. I wanted to try something different and challenging, so I decided to shoot a series of backstage band portraits. For some artists I had less than a minute to work with. For others, time was flexible and we tried a few different looks. I didn’t get everyone, but it still turned out pretty great. Hit the jump to see the full series! Continue reading

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Photo Highlights: Secret Solstice Music Festival 2014

Photos of Massive Attack performing live at Secret Solstice Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavík, Iceland. June 21, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

The first annual Secret Solstice music festival in Reykjavík, Iceland promised 24 hours of sunlight and a stacked lineup with big international headliners like Massive Attack, Disclosure and Schoolboy Q. The rest of the lineup was very diverse and included tons of local talent too. I shot almost 50 bands over three days. Here are some of my personal highlights of the action! Continue reading

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CELL7 @ Húrra

Photos of the Icelandic rapper Ragna Kjartansdóttir aka CELL7 plus special guest band Subterranean performing live at Húrra in Reykjavík, Iceland. May 17, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Ragna Kjartansdóttir, aka CELL7, emerged on the scene in 1998 with the first Icelandic hip hop group Subterranean. After a long hiatus, she’s back in full force with her critically acclaimed solo debut, CellF. Her energetic gig at the new downtown venue Húrra featured sick beats, smooth rhymes and positive vibes all around. She also reunited the Subterranean crew for this one special evening! Continue reading

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Skálmöld, ‘Baldur’ @ Borgarleikhusið

Photos of the Icelandic metal band Skálmöld performing  'Baldur' live at Borgarleikhúsid on April 23, 2014 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Heavy metal rockers Skálmöld ripped through their album, Baldur, in its’ entirety at Borgarleikhusið. The album’s storyline draws from an epic saga about the Icelandic viking Baldur taking revenge on a demon-like creature for destroying his land and killing his family. This epic story was amplified by monster riffs and featured a killer stage production with huge lighting. It was definitely the most fun I’ve had shooting in a long time. Continue reading

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Portraits: Reykjavík Folk Festival 2014

Portrait of Icelandic band Hymnalaya taken during Reykjavík Folk Festival 2014 at KEX Hostel in Reykjavík, Iceland. March 7, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

I shot a personal project at Reykjavík Folk Festival 2014. I wanted to challenge myself to create a portrait series using a vintage camera format—a 1940s Graflex Speed Graphic 4×5. I integrated Fuji instant film and modern Speedlite flashes into my setup. Everything was done in-camera. Hit the jump to view the series plus extra images and notes about my process. Continue reading