Michael Weintrob has been shooting artist portraits and live music professionally since 1998. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, Billboard, Relix, Downbeat and Jazz Times, among many other publications. He has documented thousands of musicians in performance, behind- the- scenes, and in portrait settings. Weintrob’s photography covers everything from advertising and editorial to highly imaginative portraits, always telling stories with his images.
His long-term passion project, INSTRUMENTHEAD, is presented at music and cultural festivals around the world, art galleries, and contemporary art centers as an exhibition and now, as a fine art book published by Magnet Bound Press.
Exhibition | Book
One Vision, Countless Stories: Portraying where their heads are really at
The INSTRUMENTHEAD collection is a surrealist look into the soul of a musician, not through their eyes as with traditional portraiture, but through his/her instrument. It began in April 2000, through a candid moment in a photoshoot with the Derek Trucks Band, which sparked an unprecedented art project, bringing together more than 500 musicians from across the globe over the course of nearly two decades.
Now available as a superior quality fine art book, published in 2017 by Magnet Bound Press, INSTRUMENTHEAD is the culmination of this visionary project. The hardcover book was printed in Italy on three different types of fine art paper by Grafiche Antiga. Measuring 11” x 15”, the full color book shows musicians as you’ve never seen them before, with three different cover options, featuring 369 artist portraits.
While it’s generally said that the eyes are the window to the soul, Weintrob’s work makes both the obvious and subtle connection that for musicians, it’s the instruments they employ that embody their personalities. It’s a simple but powerful insight.
Randy FoxEast Nashvillian
When you mix art and music together like this, it’s just phenomenal. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Allen ToussaintMusician, Composer, Producer
Michael Weintrob brings a new approach and new ideas to how to capture musicians in a way where their soul shines through, often in a way that doesn’t come through during the best jam session on-stage. It’s Michael’s ability to capture their inner spirit off-stage that separates him from others, and makes him one of the best music photographers of his generation.