(New York, NY)- Renowned photographer Lance Mercer, best known for his photography of iconic rock band, Pearl Jam, will be showcasing his work on December 12, 2009 at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC. The exhibit will open at 2pm at 124 Prince Street at Wooster in NYC.
Lance was Pearl Jam’s designated photographer in the early years of the band (1991-1995) and enjoyed exclusive access to backstage, travel and other areas that fans would normally not be able to see. With that access, Lance was able to capture “lightening in a bottle” as Pearl Jam led the charge in the heyday of early 90’s grunge rock and the rock resurgence along with Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and others.
The show at the Morrison Hotel Gallery will showcase some of the amazing historical photographic moments that Lance captured of Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Dave Abbruzzese, Jack Irons and Matt Cameron on tour, bringing history making live shows to audiences worldwide.
Lance says, “The years on the road with Pearl Jam are both a blur and a flashbulb memory all at the same time. We worked as a team and the result are these amazing photos. That experience has continued to inform my work and probably always will. I am happy and proud to be showing this work at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. They are perfect photos for this place at this time.”
Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam: “Having Lance on the road and in the studio with us during those days will always be a gift. It was rare air that we were breathing and even though we probably didn’t know it 100% at the time, we were having experiences as a band and as people that were impacting us and the fans in equal measure. Having Lance’s photos as that historical record is something that I will treasure for my whole life…also, he was just great to have around, comic relief for us so t hat we weren’t taking ourselves too seriously. He has a rare talent to photograph things in the moment that few photographers have. He is a kindred creative spirit for us.”
Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam: “Lance….has always been about the music and that’s why it all works. He worked his ass off, took a lot of shit, bugged the hell out of us, and captured the band like nobody has since. ”
The show will include images from Lance’s two books Place/Date his collaboration with Nirvana photographer Charles Peterson and 5X1 Pearl Jam Through the Eye of Lance Mercer.
Both books received critical acclaim for their rare insight into a musical time period never to be repeated.