New York native, Thomas Falcone, started photography as a teenager and has since grown to
In August 2019, Thomas Falcone had the chance to display work from his lucrative career in what he called “A.Time.Capsule” at a gallery in New York, which had friends and fans — old and new — gathered to experience a great body of his work that was a decade in the making.
Take a moment to scroll down and dive deep into the beginning of Thomas’s career, what he’s up to now, and what truly makes him a key part working “behind the band.”
This series is all about those ‘behind the band’ and how important and impactful they are to the entire process. Because of that, we want to know more about your origin story. How did you get your start and what really made you dive into the music industry?
I think there was the time period of me trying to be in a band in middle school, and finding my mom’s camera. There was a group of friends in middle school that had a band and went to local concerts. It was the MySpace days where I found photographers going to local shows and taking photos. It wasn’t hard, and it was fun. I was learning something no one was doing so I kept shooting concerts and giving the photos away to artists for free, [because] why not.
While growing up, did you ever see yourself involved with musicians at all, let alone in this capacity?
Not really. I guess no one really expects where any of this can go to a point. I didn’t expect to be where I am even two years ago. It seems like people grow fast and the music industry evolves fast and people can come and go. I guess I got in at the right time. Forever grateful.
Are you currently working with mainly one band/musician or do you tend to spread your time out between multiple? What’s the biggest difference between the two experiences and how do you think it impacts your work?
2019 was the year of experiments for me. This was one of the first years in my photography career that I have bounced around a lot, tried a lot of new things, worked with new artists [to] see where I can impact them [and] myself the most creatively. I tried a lot of things that worked but failed a few times as well. I think for me stuff like this keeps me refreshed. I tried to experiment with new artist by not falling into auto-pilot and doing the same thing over and over again. I love being with an artist for a long extended period of time but I think this year I needed to get out and try other things for myself.
We know that with any job, there are moments where we all branch out and help with things that aren’t actually part of our job description. What is the craziest thing you’ve stepped in and helped out with?
Not sure. Maybe just being honest. I think honesty goes a long way. A few artist I work with have stylist, and if I’m the one taking the photos, I always want to be honest with my opinion and say if I think the “fit” will look good with the vision. I don’t think that is that crazy, but a very opinion based job etc. It helps if everyone is transparent, and to me that is crazy hard?
“I’ll take art over “likes” on Instagram any day.”
If your position did not exist, how do you think it’d impact the music industry as a whole?
Well, I always go back to social media. If social media wasn’t a big part of the music industry, the industry would be looked at a little different I believe. I think that social media connects fans to the artist on a different level, getting them to see an inside of the life and really connecting with their audience. I believe that photography is a huge part of that. I think it also helps elevate the artist with branding, look, controlling their image.
Has there been a single moment during your career so far that you’ve truly realized the impact of what you do and how it directly affects the consumers and fans of those you work with?
There has been a few photographers that told me they started shooting because of me. I had the opportunity to do a exhibition recently with 8 years of my work. Over 300+ people showed up and I gave away a bunch of photography equipment to help younger photographers out whether it was a camera bag, polaroid camera, hard drives etc. Everyone was really appreciative. I want to do another soon.
Throughout your time as a photographer, what is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
I forgot who said this to me, but “shoot everything.” There was a time when I went out of the country for photography [and a] tour for the first time ever. I was told to shoot everything, so I took my camera strap off and wanted to have my camera in hand at all times just to keep shooting. It has been 7-8 years since I’ve had a strap on my camera.
Alternatively, what different
piece of advice would you give to someone looking to do what you do?
Start small. You won’t go into touring with Taylor Swift as your first gig. But shoot for the stars.
What is one thing you wish people understood about your work that you don’t usually get to share or voice?
It doesn’t matter who is in the photo, but it matters what the photo looks like [and] how it is taken artistically. I’ll take art over “likes” on Instagram any day.
“[…S]o I took my camera strap off and wanted to have my camera in hand at all times just to keep shooting.”
Finally, as we’ve said, bands create ripples of all sizes and we’re truly fascinated by it. However, we all know they couldn’t do it alone and we’ve loved focusing on you and how you’ve impacted our experience as consumers and fans of music. Can you shoutout two or three people who are also part of the behind the scenes that you think deserve more recognition?
Josiah Van Dien – Shawn Mendes’ tour photographer. Matty Vogel – Billie Eilish’s tour photographer. And all the other tour photographers in the rock/rap/DJ scene. Everyone rocks and I’d say that photographers fucking hustle. And I love to see it.
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