Via her longtime participation in nearly all aspects of New York’s underground music scene, Nikki Sneakers has honed a remarkable eye and instinct when it comes to photographing musicians and artists. Nikki’s work is instantly recognizable; her transportive live music photography captures the dynamic and tension of performance while her portraits are striking yet still undeniably soft and human. She is highly gifted at bridging the sonic and visual languages of music and art, a skill she’s perfected since her teenage years when she first began taking the train from Long Island to New York City to photograph bands. She moved to NYC full time to attend SVA to study photography, receiving her degree in 2007, and has steadily been a part of the underground ever since.
Nikki has shot a wide array of artists for a diverse portfolio of publications, record labels, management companies and more including:
Publications: Revolver, Spin, Kerrang, Pitchfork, and the Village Voice among others
Clients: Matador Records, Sacred Bones Records, Red Bull Music Academy, Hospital Productions, Dais Records, and Ground Control Booking
Artists: Aphex Twin, Zola Jesus, Blood Orange, Psychic TV, Skinny Puppy, Mykki Blanco, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Kamasi Washington, S U R V I V E, Quicksand, Ron Morrelli, Glassjaw, Nothing and many more
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© Ben Rosenzweig for Mass Appeal 2015