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i’ve known alex, the lead singer of edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, since pre-school. that’s a long time. last night, they played at the mayan theater in downtown los angeles to a packed house. i had a photo pass and my camera with me, so i was able to take some pictures. i knew going in that i wanted to find a different way to shoot the show. i decided to use the crowd to my advantage. crouching down, standing on my tip-toes — anything to get some arms and heads in the way, anything to create a pocket here, a hole there. i felt like a kid again, dodging and weaving my way through, from the floor to the balcony, excited to see what kind of small openings would emerge amidst the sea of bodies. mw











October 16, 2013 - 11:48 am Heath Bennett - So rad you've known him for that long. Sick pics :)

January 17, 2010 - 3:28 pm jess - these guys have been on repeat for 3 days now.

December 23, 2009 - 2:04 pm Michelle S - Awesome pics! My friend's boyfriend's band, Local Natives, just toured with Edward Sharpe! So funny!

December 22, 2009 - 12:37 pm Conor - These are so RAD!

December 22, 2009 - 1:51 am lauren waye - so cool! i love what you've done.

December 21, 2009 - 4:25 pm matthew morgan - this band is sick! and your shoot concept worked out quite nicely I must say

December 20, 2009 - 9:00 am claire - un-f***ing-believable.

December 20, 2009 - 4:03 am Corso Fotografia - Really beautiful and interesting serie of picture.

December 18, 2009 - 10:56 pm b+t - very cool!

December 18, 2009 - 10:49 am jared - not surprised. I've come to expect brilliance from you. inspiring max.

December 17, 2009 - 6:56 pm sho - these are so great! i love them. can't wait to see edward sharpe live someday :)

December 17, 2009 - 6:41 pm kw - Brilliant work. You are so creative.

December 17, 2009 - 2:17 pm laurent - stunning.

December 17, 2009 - 1:18 pm Adrienne Gunde - Absolutely totally amazing. The one with the disco ball is my favorite!

December 17, 2009 - 12:25 pm eryn - So creative!!! They make me feel like I'm in on a secret~! <3

December 17, 2009 - 10:15 am lauren - love the purple disco ball photo. inspiring.

December 17, 2009 - 6:31 am jesse - you know how strongly i feel about edward sharpe but these photos made me like him even more. they are brilliant.

December 17, 2009 - 2:08 am Anna - everything you shoot perfectly! these are so fantastic!

December 17, 2009 - 1:29 am Stephanie Williams Photography - That's so awesome! I love love Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros and wanted so badly to go to their show on Monday, but we were out of town. I'll have to try to catch them next time they're in LA!!

December 16, 2009 - 2:17 pm Rebecca Stone - Ummm.. friends since pre school?!! WHAT?! Crazy jealous. I was super bummed to miss out on this show, but your photos so much capture that indescribable energy that can only be found at an Edward Sharpe show. So looking at your photos and listening to my itunes is almost as good as being there! (almost) :) Great work- as always, Max!

December 16, 2009 - 1:16 pm Jillian - Oh wow...I love the photo style. You may need to add them to your shop so I can buy a print.

December 16, 2009 - 1:01 pm Catherine - Love Edward Sharpe and LOVE these photos!!!

December 16, 2009 - 12:46 pm Leilani - Wow, I love the approach you took with these. The order reminds me of their music too. It goes from soft and isolated and then crescendos into an explosive chorus. Very nice addition to your already prolific portfolio. :)

December 16, 2009 - 12:46 pm soonjo - The crowd shots are awesome. They look like puddles

December 16, 2009 - 10:50 am sherryN - Gorgeous! Amazing pix, Max!Loved them all.

December 16, 2009 - 10:46 am Poppy - These are amazing. Completely original. Has Alex seen them?

December 16, 2009 - 10:42 am suzy - you WOULD be friends with him. that's ridiculous. i'm entirely too jealous.

December 16, 2009 - 5:06 am Aline Maira - These pictures are quite inspiring! I love how the people are isolated in each picture. I love especially the one with the purple disco ball!

December 16, 2009 - 2:27 am judith - this is pretty amazing. two thumbs up.

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