Guest Blog: AFAN (Art For Assistants – Nashville) with Robby Klein
A few weeks back I was on Instagram and saw that Frank Ockenfels was selling a print of his for $100 and it made my head spin! I love Frank’s work and I also have a continually growing print collection on the walls of my home and studio so I jumped at the chance! That’s when I saw that Frank and many other artists were a part of a campaign created by Tim Tadder called “Art for Assistants” aimed at raising money for photo assistants out of work due to COVID-19.
I think I speak for all the photographers in Nashville when I say our assistants are family and an essential part of our teams. With that in mind, I wanted to find a way to join in and help our crews. After speaking with a few Nashville photographers and then with Tim Tadder, we ended up joining forces and put together AFA- Nashville.
AFA-Nashville is a local branch of “Art For Assistants” out of Nashville,TN featuring 13 of the city’s top image makers.
We will be offering 100 limited edition, 11×14″ prints (per photographer) from thirteen of Nashville’s top photographers. Prints are $100 each, but of course, donations of any size are welcomed.
I’m so thankful for the Nashville photographers that joined in on this effort, and for Tim Tadder for creating this and putting so much effort behind the initiative!
Here is a look at the Nashville images that are currently up for sale.
Eric Ryan Anderson
Questlove: This contact sheet comes from a cover story shot for Brooklyn Magazine. Questlove and our small crew took a stroll through Central Park, just like old friends. Quest was one of the kindest, most engaged subjects I’ve ever worked with. Purchase Print
The Valley of Elah: This is a photo I took of IDF soldiers walking through the Valley of Elah; which, according to the Bible, is where the battle between David and Goliath took place. Purchase Print
Imogen Heap: This image of Imogen Heap was shot in the very beginning of my career in 2006 and has since been an all-time favorite image. It was also the first time I really experimented with a portrait in post-production, using mixed media. Purchase Print
Billy F. Gibbons: Photographed in Nashville, TN a few days after meeting him and the rest of ZZ Top at the Ryman Auditorium. Shot on a Rolleiflex camera on Tri-X 400 film. Purchase Print
Crows Funeral: Purchase Print
Robert Plant: I shot this image of Robert Plant at my studio in Nashville. It was to promote the Grammy- award winning recording, “Raising Sands,” a collaboration with Alison Krauss. Purchase Print
Ed Helms: Photographed for Billboard magazine. I got to spend the day with Ed at Bonnaroo back in 2017 making fun photos and this was a particular favorite from the day. Purchase Print
Dolly Parton: Purchase Print
Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley: Photographed in the music room at Graceland. Purchase Print
Maren Morris: Photographed for Garden & Gun. Purchase Print
Sojourn: Purchase Print
Keith Urban: Purchase Print
Dave Grohl: The Foo Fighters frontman was photographed during an MTV VMA promo shoot in Hollywood. Purchase Print
All prints can be viewed and purchased at AFANashville.com, with all proceeds going to help Nashville’s photo assistants who have been without work since COVID-19 arrived.