Festival season is upon us and we at the Ah Haa School for the Arts are excited to announce a related new offering this September. Ah Haa’s Backstage Pass: Telluride Blues & Brews.

Music and photography lovers can merge their twin passions and learn to capture the energy, mood and action of a festival. Telluride Blues & Brews and the Ah Haa School have teamed up to for a truly inspiring experience that offers daily access to the festival photography pit and valuable instruction from Blues & Brews’s veteran rock ‘n’ roll photographer Barry Brecheisen and local photographer and printmaker, Nori Lupfer.

Barry Brecheisen has been shooting for Telluride Blues & Brews for the past 7 years. His entertainment photography appears regularly in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, US Weekly, Time, ESPN, the Magazine, Newsweek, SPIN, the Chicago Tribune and dozens of other publications. Known first and foremost as a rock ’n’ roll photographer, Barry has shot Britney Spears, Paul McCartney, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen; in other words practically every famous rock star who’s toured since 1997. And Barry is excited to be able to offer instruction to Ah Haa students.

“Being a photographer is a gift and a privilege that offers wonderful experiences I may not have had otherwise. The Telluride Blues and Brews has become one of my special rituals. I’m very lucky to have been a part of the event since 2006. This year I’m looking forward to the unique collaboration with Ah Haa School of the Arts and the wonderful photo workshop we have planned.”

Nori Lupfer is a dynamic individual whom the Ah Haa School has been lucky enough to work with over the past few years. While earning a BA from Union College in Printmaking & Photography, Nori spent her summers and winters performing in Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. Eventually she merged her education and circus to receive a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to photograph circuses in Brazil, Russia and Europe. Later she conducted extensive aerial photography for Garmin GPS Navigation in Europe, the United States and the Bahamas. Nori can also be found on the mountain as the Junior Mogul Coordinator and Head Coach.

This is clearly a unique opportunity to learn from the pros in action. The workshop runs over the Telluride Blues & Brews weekend, September 13 – 16, and will include daily time in the photo pit, personal instruction and critique and access to festival grounds. This is an amazing opportunity to gain special festival access with your camera and learn while working alongside these experienced instructors.

Photo credit: Clint Viebrock (Who is self taught but might well sign up for this course.)

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