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A Shot in the Dark: LAist Music Photographers to Show Work Offline

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I first met LAist writer Molly Bergen two years ago, almost to the date. It was at Sunset Junction, which takes place this weekend. She wanted to give a stab at volunteering with LAist to write about music. Now 173 posts later -- plus tons of music concerts -- she will tomorrow debut a gallery show that's close to her heart, and, well, all of ours here at LAist.

She has brought together the photographers that she's brought along to concerts for music reviews for "A Shot in a Dark" at The Strange on Melrose. We had a small chat about it today:

What prompted you organizing this show?

Well, first off it sounded like fun. And secondly I've had ten photographers who have shot for me for free for two years and I wanted to thank them for all of their hard work. Most of their photography gets posted on a blog and then disappears after a couple days, which seemed sad.

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It's really great art and I wanted to honor it by throwing a gallery show. I was also shocked that most of them have never been featured in a gallery before. So I figured, "what the heck? Let's have a party."

The Strange was kind enough to let me use their space and we've got some really awesome bands who are playing. It's going to be a good time.

So what's going to be happening at the event on Saturday?

Eight photographers will be featured all with live photography shots. Live photography for me is one of the most interesting because most of these were taken on the fly. There's no time to prepare and a lot of times the artist only allows the photographer to shoot for the first three songs. It's really cool what comes out of it.

Clint Heidorn, Alright Alright, Seven Saturdays, and Le Switch will all be playing during the evening great local bands. And LAist's Ross Lincoln will be DJing between sets.

It's a celebration of Los Angeles art. These are all people who create art because they love it. Whether it's writing or music or photography, they all do this stuff every day and it should be celebrated.

The party takes place on Saturday, August 21st at The Strange 4316 Melrose Avenue) from 8 p.m. to midnight. $5 suggested donation.Photographs will be shown for two weeks.