Get To GR{Know} | Paul Jendrasiak

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Paul McCartney. KISS. Aerosmith. Taylor Swift. Metallica. These are all legends that most of us can only hope to have seen from afar. During his 30 plus year career, Paul Jendrasiak has been lucky enough to have had the chance to photograph all of these buzz-worthy musicians, as well as many more when they played music venues in the West Michigan area.

Jendrasiak is being honored by having his photography displayed at the Muskegon Museum of Art in an exhibit called Lights, Camera, Rock n’ Roll: The Music Photography of Paul Jendrasiak. The opening is a free event that will take place on May 23rd and will include a talk by Paul at the Ernest at Marjorie Cooper Gallery of the museum at 7 PM. The exhibit will run until Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.

Snoop Dogg & Chiddy Bang @ The Intersection by Paul Jendrasiak

While the opening of Jendrasiak’s exhibit is exciting, what may be even more exciting is that he is a key player of GRNow for the past 10 years! We are so proud that one of our own is making history through photographs. Paul has had a fascinating career and will forever be a part of rock n’ roll history.

Paul started out as a writer and photographer which allowed him exclusive access to the legendary rock stars he photographed. He started working with the Music Review in 1990 when he was only 18 years old. Standing in press pits, he was able to capture *now insta-worthy* shots that were rarely taken in days before cell phones were so common.  

Soon enough, Jendrasiak’s photos began to receive worldwide recognition. They were published in many well known magazines like Hit Parader, RIP Magazine, BURRN, Young Guitar and more. His first big name concert was Elton John and he has now photographed him THREE times.

James Hetfield – Metallica by Paul Jendrasiak

The exhibit will feature about 30 photographs from Paul’s Music Revue days and current GRNow shoots. The collection will include shots of Metallica, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Morrissey, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper and more. It chronicles the era when grunge was taking over the heavy metal music that was popular in the 80’s and early 90’s.

Paul, recording history through photography, recently relived his younger photographer days after rediscovering negatives in his garage. He said, “There’s a lot of things I didn’t remember photographing – Blind Melon, BB King” which seemed to be a fun and important find for Jendrasiak. He even spoke about the nostalgia of photography versus how it is now. “{With} film you didn’t have instant gratification” it was an art form to get the perfect shot.

“It represented this transition from hair metal to grunge to alternative” said Paul about the negatives he found in his garage.

Gary Clark Jr @ 20 Monroe Live by Paul Jendrasiak

This self proclaimed hair metal lover even found a love for a new genre and his now favorite band – Pearl Jam. “I didn’t know who they were. No one knew who they were. They opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers at State Theatre. It was one of those things a week or two later everyone knew about them….it was cool to be a part of that.” 

The year “1991 was the heart of Gen X and it was cool to have the opportunity to shoot those shows,” he reminisced. Paul’s background looks like a music photographers dream, but there’s one regret – he never got to photograph Nirvana. 

Paul Jendrasiak

 

We can’t wait to visit Lights, Camera, Rock n’ Roll – Jendrasiak’s first museum exhibit. He worked with MMA Senior Curator Art Martin to select the photos he thought were best, while considering quality, composition and the historical significance they have on the West Michigan music scene. He is humbled and honored by the experience and we are humbled and honored to have him on the GRNow team!

 

About Muskegon Museum of Arts

The Muskegon Museum of Art has long been providing the community with a resource for enforcing the appreciation of the visual arts. They offer the public an educational programming meant to encourage community involvement and support in a safe environment. Lights, Camera, Rock n’ Roll will be one of the many exhibits they are providing to the public during the spring and summer season.

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