New book from Athens photographer Thrasher to be celebrated library event

The Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library present an evening with Athens photographer Jason Thrasher at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in celebration of his new book, “Athens Potluck.”

 

“Athens Potluck” is a “stream of consciousness” body of work focused on the widely varied Athens music scene. Thrasher selected the first musician for the series, Laura Carter of Elf Power and the Orange Twin Collective, photographed her, and asked her five questions. Laura then chose and posed her questions to Will Hart, of Olivia Tremor Control, who chose Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel, and so on.

The series has veered from the Elephant Six Collective to rock, to traditional old-time music, to punk, to country and back to indie again, with musicians driving the project forward as they pass the baton from one to the next. “Athens Potluck” is a glimpse into the richly diverse Athens music scene, spawned decades ago by R.E.M., Pylon and the B-52s.

Based in Athens, Thrasher has worked as an artist and professional photographer for nearly 20 years. His coverage of the Southeast’s rich and varied music scene includes published portraits of the Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal and R.E.M.

Thrasher’s photography has been published in many national outlets including Rolling Stone, Billboard, New York Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. His work is in the album designs of the Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood, Booker T., Randall Bramblett, Cracker, David Lowery, Macha and Bad Religion. His promotional photography for New West Records, ATO Records, Anti Records, Warner Brothers, Total Treble, Razor &Tie and Polyvinyl has produced many iconic images.

His fine-art photography has been exhibited at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, ICA in London, Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Corcoran School of Fine Art in Washington, D.C., and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.

Books will be available for purchase and signing, and a reception will follow the program.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.athenslibrary.org/athens or call the library at (706) 613-3650.

The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter St.

 

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