History of the name:
Artrocity was founded back in 1986 to book bands in to Hartford clubs. Its unique name stands for Art Rock City. Originally  a team of two players, Artrocity’s main voice Fred, was the booking agent who shmoozed the bands and the bar owners into believing that a local rock scene could thrive in Hartford. When they all believed the scene flourished. When they stopped believing it died. Typical situation. Me, I’m Joe Photographer. Lots of black & white developed in the basement, then sent out as promo & xeroxed up for fliers for the next gigs. Fred moved onto better things & then passed in 2004. I kept the name as my online persona & have been using it to promote my  rock n roll photography.

1990s Hartford CT at the Comet gallery

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The craft:

I have been taking photos since I was a child but never formally trained. Pinhole camera, instamatics, disc, all before leaving grade school. First real cameras were a Minolta Maxxum 5000 & 7000. Many miles were put on those before I got a photography ‘job’ taking family photos w/ a Mamiya c220. A bunch of early digitals by Kodak, Canon before I splurged on a Nikon D70 but as the tech got better I lost interest in the race and many years later thought that a Canon G12 would be a good compromise. It didn’t take long before I knew I needed a real camera and just bought the Nikon D600 to utilize some of the glass from the D70. Falling in love w/ photography again!  My best images seem to come from passion. Whether its the love of my life, my sweet cats, the beauty of the outdoors or being uplifted by music.

For all my online photos see: http://flickr.com/artrocity
Instagram: http://instagram.com/artrocity
Artrocity on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artrocity
Artrocity on Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/112934250506158236200/
Videos: http://www.youtube.com/artrocity
Vintage 1995 webpage: http://artrocity.com/
Mostly abandoned wordpress blog http://artrocity.net/
Tumblr-instagram: http://artrocity-instagram.tumblr.com/
Tumblr publicize feed: http://artrocity-gif.tumblr.com/