Published May 04, 2011Fans of '90s rock, particularly those who regularly attended club shows in Southern Ontario during that decade, have been given a rare opportunity to relive those days thanks to Waterloo, ON photographer Dave Fisher. For the entire month of May, Fisher is selling a treasure trove of his unpublished concert photos in tribute to a close friend, Ian Longman, who died suddenly earlier this year. Money raised from the sale will go toward an education fund for Longman's 14-year-old son Liam.
The selection of extremely limited-edition, vintage silver gelatin prints includes glimpses of early '90s performances by Nick Cave, the Ramones, Fugazi, Sonic Youth (pictured), Drive Like Jehu, Blur, Pixies, the Fall, My Bloody Valentine, Royal Trux, PiL, Yo La Tengo, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and more. All are framed, signed and numbered, and cost $175 each.
Fisher shot most of these shows for his zine, Filler, published from 1994 to 2000. His work has also appeared in Mojo and here at Exclaim!, and was featured in the recent Merge Records retrospective book, Our Noise. His last photo exhibition was entitled Dream City of America, an exploration of historic Louisbourg, NS.
Longman had personally selected all of the concert photos during the summer of 2010 to display at his Stratford, ON salon, Mooshi. They remained there up until his death, when the salon was forced to close.
"Stereolab were particular faves, as I know [Ian] styled the hair of the late Mary Hansen when the band was in Vancouver," Fisher said in a statement. "The Stereolab pics are not for sale, they have been given to Ian's widow Ruth, but one good turn deserves another. Ian was a thoroughly decent and generous bloke, and humbled me with his enthusiasm and offer to hang [the photos] for as long as possible. Alas, now that the doors have closed, I want to make the photographs available to discerning rock'n'roll fans at a very affordable cost -- to return a favour and support a good cause."
To view the photos, head here or email Fisher directly at [email protected] Whatever prints remain unsold by the start of June will be put up for auction on eBay, Fisher said.