Still Screaming is a traveling photography show conceptualized and curated by Mark Beemer, Nathaniel Shannon, and Michael Dubin. As long time friends and contemporaries, we felt that a collaborative pool of our work shown along side other classic music photographers, would provide a stage for a high quality photography show full of variation and energy that we as photographers have always responded to. The show was conceived as a showcase for rare and unseen sonic images of seminal moments in punk from the late 80’s, 90’s and beyond.
Still Screaming kicked off it’s tour with a special pop-up exhibit at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia in August of 2016. The turnout was stellar and the gallery decided to extended the show for 3 additional weeks past the initial closing date. Locations in Oakland, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Austin, and Detroit are being confirmed in true punk fashion... for the kids, by the kids.
The Still Screaming family of contributors include Mark Beemer, Michael Dubin, Nathaniel Shannon, Justin Borucki, Brian Maryansky, Carrie Whitney, Justin Moulder, Ace Morgan, and Karolin Collins.
A bit about the curators..
For Christmas in 1977, Marks parents gave him “The Beatles Live At Hollywood Bowl” LP. He loved that double record. He played it endlessly, memorizing every note, every moment, and especially, every inch of the insert photographs. Each record was sleeved in a full bleed image of a group of fans losing their collective minds for the four lads from Liverpool. Mark wanted to know everything about those fans: the moments each photo was taken, the song they were hearing, and why the photographer chose them to canonize. He knew then that he wanted to be part of the world which determined how moments were presented. Mark saw his first punk show on May 9th 1986; Marginal Man, Government Issue and the Slickee Boys ushered him into a world where the rules were different, the stakes were higher, and anyone could be anything. Mark couldn’t get enough. In 1990, he started to bring my camera everywhere to document everything he saw. Back then, punk shows were a perfect avenue for a young photographer to really learn everything: how to focus in near pitch black conditions, change a roll of film while you are dripping with sweat, how to avoid the huge 300 pound skinhead stage diving and mostly, how to capture a moment in time which will tell the entire story. Mark’s photographs have been seen in albums by damnation AD, the curse, bane, ashes, battery, fords, better than a thousand, harvest, texas is the reason, kid dynamite, good clean fun, the loved ones, thrice, strike anywhere, kid dynamite, hot water music and many more.
Michael Dubin grew up in Long Island and then moved to Baltimore, Maryland in the mid-nineties for college. He was always known as "that band guy," but oddly enough he was never in a band. While living in Baltimore, he spent weekends traveling to Washington DC, Long Island or NYC to see new & old friends play. He loved music...flirting with the lyrics, the crowds and the scene.
His interest in music, as well as his prime stage realty, drove him to pick up his first camera in college. In the years since, he has toured with and photographed bands like The Get Up Kids, Dashboard Confessional, Rival Schools, Reggie and the Full Effect, Seafood, Taking Back Sunday, Hot Rod Circuit and many more. This further secured his spot at shows, capturing bands and ensuring each word sung and guitar chord played would make them look like the rock stars they are.
His love for music and his friends did not stop with the click of the shutter. In 1999 he started Fadeaway Records with two friends. During the label's initial 3-year run, they had 8 releases. These included the first Movielife and Miracle of 86 (Kevin Devine) records, a split with Brand New and Safety in Numbers and a compilation with unreleased tracks from the likes of New Found Glory, The Get Up Kids, Hot Rod Circuit, Glassjaw and Reggie and the Full Effect. In the early 2000’s he could also be found on K-Rock in New York City, where he produced and hosted a local music show for from 2004-2010. Around that same time, Dubin worked as a record label A&R scout. He started Dubin, Inc, an imprint that released two Kevin Devine albums in conjunction with Triple Crown Records.
In 2013, after a 10-year break, he relaunched Fadeaway Records as a non-profit. Each project released on the label is associated with a different charity and 100% of the proceeds from each release are donated to a charitable cause. That "band guy", who first became involved by letting his touring friends crash on his dorm room floor in college, now helps his friends and the music he loves get local and national exposure.
Nathaniel C. Shannon
Nathaniel C. Shannon is a seasoned editorial and illustrative photographer with a knack for translating fantastical situations into marketable innovative images. Nathaniel was raised on the mean streets of Ypsilanti MI. where he cut his teeth photographing the various punk, hardcore, metal, and rap scenes of Detroit, MI. After a short stint living and shooting outside of Atlanta, GA, he boarded the mothership to New York City in 2008.
Nathaniel has had several successful solo shows including, “While the others were sleeping” a collection of music photography, spanning from coast to coast. “Immortal until death”, a collection of cemetery landscape and portrait photographs photographed around the country and the controversial “Detroit Community Golf Course”, a visual social narrative addressing the faux gentrification of Detroit, which he sold the opening night. He has participated in countless group shows around the country, including the renown annual erotic “Dirty Show” in Detroit.
His work has been seen around the globe, he has worked closely with Alternative Press, The BBC, Decibel, Eyehategod, IFC, Metal Blade Records, MSN Network, MTV, NBC, Revolver, Rocksound, Rolling Stone, Shiner Bock Beer, USA today, Vice Village Voice, and recently worked closely with Jim Breuer to photograph him for the cover of his metal debut “Songs from the garage”.
Nathaniel debuted two music videos and a short tour documentary film in 2015 for Housecore Records band Child Bite. The music videos “Still fucked after all these years”, and “Sinking in your skin” and short documentary “Jabroni Jamboree” received great praise from Revolver and a host of other social media sites that don’t really mean anything but are great to show to your friends. His photographs can be seen in album art for such bands as Jim Breuer, small brown bike, eyehategod, yuppicide, culture, all eyes west, la otracina, unwed, that handsome devil, your skull my closet, nihilist, and many others.