Film: Cuatro Hero
30/05/11 20:06 Filed in: Technique
Robert Munro’s right hand. Photography by Mark Lyndersay.
During this shoot in 1999 for the Guardian’s U magazine, I found myself fascinated not just with Robert Munro’s startlingly fast playing but with the fact that he didn’t use a pick.
It was pointless asking Munro to pose with his instrument, once he had it in his hands, he began to play.
We did two shoots for the story, one at a delightful old house he sometimes visits on Duke Street and the other at my studio. While Munro played, I asked him at one point to just stop and show me his hands. It was just one photo among many, but I can’t look at that contact sheet without stopping at that image. Not a perfect detail photo, but a riveting one, particularly the bright sharp fingernails that are his personal instrument in making music.
Sometimes a photographer will find that as fascinating as their subject is, there are compelling details about their life and work that add to the story and sometimes can convey to a reader as much as a traditional portrait can.
Robert Munro carried his cuatro around in this case when I photographed him and probably still does. Photography by Mark Lyndersay.