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See the drummer get wicked

Irish photographer Deirdre O’Callaghan’s new project involves documenting 60 drummers including Questlove (pictured), Matt Helders, Tony Allen, Topper Headon, Brian Devendorf, Animal and dozens more

Questlove from the Roots. Photo: Deirdre O'Callaghan from The Drum Thing

Wed, Dec 4, 2013, 14:10


You’ve definitely seen Deirdre O’Callaghan’s work before. A photographer who has shot artwork and press sessions for a bunch of A-list musicians as well as being one of the founding members of the Dazed & Confused team, she also did Hide That Can, an exhibition and award-winning book based around Arlington House, a long-term men’s hostel in London’s Camden Town and its then largely male Irish immigrant population.

Her latest project is The Drum Thing, which she hopes will “give an insight into drummers’ candid home lives with portraits and detail shots as well as in-depth interviews”.

Per Deirdre: “as the driving force behind the best music in the last 60 years, the drummer can often be overlooked. For me the rhythm section has always held a particular fascination and my photographs explore the personalities behind the kits. The response from everyone I approached overflowed with enthusiasm, so I knew this project had to be published as a book.”

She already has a bunch of the sessions and interviews done, but is currently seeking funds to finish the project and get the book pubished. More information on the book and campaign here.

Jon Theodore from Queens of the Stone Age. Photo: Deirdre O'Callaghan from The Drum Thing