Dave Knapik Photography at the 2012 Verge Art Fair NYC

The 2012 Verge Art Fair opens tonight at 159 Bleecker Street in New York City. I will be showing a selection of my photos, including my latest work with the Impossible Project’s integral film for Polaroid cameras. My friends Leif, Maja, Edmund and Adam are showing as well. We’re all in the basement, so if you’re in NYC, come check us out, and take in all the amazing work on the two other floors of the space, too!

Tonight’s opening runs from 6pm until 10pm and admission is $10. The show runs through Sunday, May 6. A preview of the work I have on display can be seen below.

Touch Radio 64 and 74

I’ve been so remiss in posting lately that I’ve not only had the honor of contributing a photograph to Touch Radio 64, but the just-released Touch Radio 74 as well. The former is a fascinating field recording of the songs of wolves by Yannick Dauby, whilst the latter is a piece by one of my favorite electronic musicians, CM von Hausswolff.

Please take the time to listen and enjoy these recent instalments in a fantastic podcast series. You can subscribe to Touch Radio via iTunes or you can stream all episodes directly from the Touch iPhone app (which I helped make—sorry that I still haven’t posted about that!).

Many thanks to Mike Harding for his continued encouragement of my artistic pursuits as well as to Jon Wozencroft for always having been a visual inspiration to me.

Touch Radio 60

Do you like pubs? I like pubs. Who doesn’t like pubs?

When I lived in London, I spent most of my time in them. As you do.

The good people at Touch have just released the latest installment in their exceptional Touch Radio podcast series, Pub. They were kind enough to pay me the honor of using the above photograph of mine as the visual counterpart to this episode. As a longtime follower of their always brilliant releases, I am massively thrilled to have my work presented alongside theirs.

The recording is of secret origin, but I do know one thing that I am permitted to tell you: it was recorded in a London pub. It’s Friday, so have a pint of ale, listen to Pub and allow yourself to enter this pub. It’s a friendly, lively place.

Another pint of Adnams, please!

Music Photography: October 2010

Tristan Perich

Tristan Perich

October turned out to be quite a busy live music month for me. Covering more than two gigs in any given week is a bit overwhelming, but this past month had almost the perfect amount of activity: enough to make me feel like a healthy, socially functional member of society, but not so much so that I fell behind on Boardwalk Empire.

From the classic indie sounds of The Vaselines to the plodding terror of Swans and from the dark new wave pop of Gary Numan to the 1-bit electronic minimalism of Tristan Perich, a diverse range of talent passed in front of my lens. Although I shot all these events for Gapers Block: Transmission and my photographs appear in the respective reviews there, here’s a quick look back at the highlights:

Gary Numan

Gary Numan

Christoph Hahn

Christoph Hahn of Swans

Eugene Kelly

Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines

Frances McKee

Frances McKee of The Vaselines

Michael Gira

Michael Gira of Swans

Dave Knapik Photography at Chicago Artists Month

October is Chicago Artists Month and I’m participating in two East Pilsen shows this weekend, October 1–3. The first is located at 2003 S. Halsted Street and is organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Arts District and Gapers Block. I have two 11″ x 14″ photographs in this show and share the space with loads of other talented local artists. The second will be held in The Ministry of Caps at 732 W. 19th Street, #3R and features several of my photographs along with a selection of jewelry from Bees on Toast. Both shows occur simultaneously, but are within a five minute walk of each other. Friday, October 1 is the opening night party from 6pm to 10pm, but the show continues on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 from 12pm to 7pm.

Please come and visit these shows, bring friends and take the opportunity to see my neighborhood. All the galleries in this art district will be open, so once you’ve seen my work, I encourage you to spend time experiencing the talents my neighbors have to offer.

Sonar Chicago Reviews on Gapers Block

It wasn’t long after returning to Chicago that I found myself wanting to shoot gigs again. Whilst living in London, I had the pleasure of reporting on a wide range of music events, including the Melvins, Fennesz, Dan Deacon, Gravetemple and Philip Jeck. Some of these I covered in words and all of them I covered in pictures. The main focus of my photography isn’t gigs by any means, but as a life-long music lover, it inevitably became a part of it.

I’ve always been a fan of the venerable Chicago blog Gapers Block, so when the opportunity arose to join the staff of their music section, Transmission, I jumped at it. Technically I’m part of their photography staff, as I joined to shoot gigs and let others write about them. When there are, however, events about which I’m so passionate that I also must say a few words, I wear both caps. Such was the case with the first annual Sónar Chicago this past weekend, where in the end I produced three reviews and a handful of snaps. They are all up on the site now, so please do have a read and a look. Cheers!

The reviews:

Sónar Chicago, Day One @ Pritzker Pavilion, 9 September 2010
Ben Frost @ Chicago Cultural Center, 11 September 2010
Rangda @ Empty Bottle / Appleblim, Cosmin TRG @ Smart Bar, 10 September 2010

The photos:

Sónar Chicago 2010 – a set on Flickr

Vote For My Photo Contest Entry

It’s no secret that I love contests. I enter all sorts of them. The obsession began when, at nine years old, I realised that just like LL Cool J, I couldn’t live without my radio. Anytime B96 announced they were giving shit away, my fingers were on the buttons: 5-9-1… oh hell yes, I’m the ninth caller! I won a fair amount of prizes that year, and with positive reinforcement being especially effective at that tender age, I sealed my fate as a contest geek for life.

In the past few years, photography has become one of my main hobbies, but only recently have I started submitting my snaps to photo competitions. I entered the following picture in last month’s EcoTrotters contest and I received word today that they’ve chosen it as a finalist.

Lamanai River

From now until the end of March you can vote for me to win. You’ll have to register as a user on their site, but that’s fast, free and easy. Once you’ve got that sorted, you can go directly to my photo page and click the little thumbs-up icon to vote. Thanks in advance!