Peter Murphy – The I Beam, San Francisco CA [March 3, 1987]

    Another evening called to cover a show at the I-Beam, with pleasure, found me at my fave spot again: stage left.  It was crowded, as expected, but not too difficult to move around a bit, to snap pictures at different angles, but getting photos of the entire band proved difficult.

    The lighting was dark, aside from the spotlight[s] on the main attraction, as expected, and I didn’t have to use my flash, thankfully.  The downside was the fact that I couldn’t get the entire band covered for this appearance, to my disappointment.

     The results speak for themselves:  a photogenic subject and dramatic atmosphere lent itself nicely….. Enjoy the view.

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy soft spotlight [Peter Murph

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy gazing upward [Peter Murphy

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy glows profile [Peter Murphy

Dark and not much facial detail, but I still like this image

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy mic chord loops [Peter Murp

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy grips mic stand [Peter Murp

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy mannequin look [Peter Murph

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy pursed lips [Peter Murphy -

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy in smoke [Peter Murphy - I

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy guitarist [Peter Murphy - I

The only member of the band I managed a shot of

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy percussion [Peter Murphy -

Percussive moment which worked out

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy profile opposite [Peter Mur

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy leaning horizontal [Peter M

Close up in the spotlight

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy shadowy figure [Peter Murph

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy sideways lean [Peter Murphy

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy vertical singing shadows [P

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy shadowy figure no 2 [Peter

Quite the grin

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy sideways lean no 2 [Peter M

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy spotlight [Peter Murphy - I

Another nice closeup in the spots

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy doubled over [Peter Murphy

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy pensive [Peter Murphy - I B

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy dark [Peter Murphy - I Beam

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy in shadows [Peter Murphy -

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Peter Murphy gazes hand on stomach [Pete

The last image on this occasion

For more information on Mr. Murphy’s work, head here:

Peter Murphy Official

And also here:

Peter Murphy Facebook

And to start with his earlier career as a member of Bauhaus:

Bauhaus Facebook Page

NOTE:  A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE WATERMARKS ON MY WORK

While many of you who arrive here, to look at these photographs may get turned off to my use of watermarks [thinking they ruin the image], let me explain why I choose to do this.

No one paid for my camera equipment but me. No one paid for the film I used to take these photographs.  On occasion, when I free-lanced for a free monthly newsletter, and they published a photo of mine, the payment for each photograph barely paid for the fuel to get my vehicle to the show [when I *did* have a vehicle], and the film I used on that night. 

Not too many of my photos were published, at the time, because the artists I chose to capture images of, were not hugely popular then.  Hence, the old dictum, “Supply and Demand”; I had the supply, but the demand [pre-Internet], was not there. You can argue the relative merits of the quality of my work, and that is precisely what a blog offers:  a venue for discussion.

Back to the watermarks: no one is subsidizing my time to scan and then clean up the images I am presenting here. Start to finish, each negative will take approximately an hour-and-a-half to reach “proof” quality – which is what you will see here.  This is my labor of love, and until there is some measurable return on my efforts, what you see is what you get.

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