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Dec 3rd was my 40th anniversary of being a professional photographer


JOHNNY CASH American Legend
I am delighted to be working with the fabulous Genesis  on my book of photographs of Johnny CASH

Genesis Publications
are the leading publishers of "bespoke" limited edition (signed and numbered) collector books


(this image is a promotional, not the book)
American Legend will be limited to 2,000 copies, worldwide.
For publishing information, p
lease click here

 

DECEMBER 8th

remembering John (27 years on)
+ TOO MANY OTHERS and still the BLOODY gun is legal

photograph/graphix ©1968/2003 Alan Messer

On December 8th, 1980 the innocence of us "baby boomers" youth and rock 'n' roll revolution
was silenced by an assassin's gun. An unimaginable image!
Play music. Do not play with guns.
Wage Peace

 

DECEMBER 3rd 1967
was my first day as a professional photographer!

As I view my 40th professional anniversary, I remember a very excited 16 year old boy arriving at Dezo Hoffmann's London studio, eager to get to work. Within days I was elevated from assistant to photographer. I shot my first magazine cover for the Record Mirror of the Manfred Mann group, promoting, The Mighty Quinn (Feb 1968). My second cover was, The Beatles (Yellow Submarine).
I was a trendy teen, often dressed in a bottle green velvet suit. Had clothes hand made at Carnaby Cavern by Colin, my hair cut by Denny at Sweeney's in Knightsbridge. My shirts were frilly or Nero style with a round collar. The swinging sixties were amazing, fast and productive. I was a teenager with a camera and a pass to every cool happening fab gear music event. I am still excited by and intoxicated with photography. All these years later I am as eager to work in my own studio as I was that first day. The next forty will no doubt see more technological changes. For me, it is and always will be about the picture.
The adrenaline rush from a "shoot" or playing live music is incomparable!

Alan playing drums, Hatch End, England 1968

40 years on .
Nashville, 12.3.2007_Photograph © Connie Chornuk

 

November 23
JOE ELY

playing an amazing set with accordionist, Joel Guzman
 
Saxon Pub, Austin Texas
Tour Info

Latest CD/DVD



client:
Sony Legacy

At last the DVD version has been released

client:Sony Legacy

 

October 27
Jeff Poppen -
THE BAREFOOT FARMER
laying down some organic toe tapping sounds

Long Hungry Creek Farm - Tennessee

 

October 13
WHITEY JOHNSON
and COLIN LINDEN
laying down some mean blues with Tom Hambridge (drums) and Dave Roe (bass)


at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley

 

September 15
BILLY JOE SHAVER
played Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley

He is back in top form, proving that when adversity hits you, Get the Hell Up!

RECENT CD's
Men with hats!

(photography + documentary video)
client:Tompkins Square/ Fontana Records

client:Universal / Hip-O Records

client:Universal / Hip-O Records

Ricky Van Shelton Super Hits Vo 1

client:Sony/BMG

Ricky Van Shelton Super Hits 2

client:Sony/BMG

Waylon The Essential Waylon Jennings
interior photographs (partial)


client:Sony/BMG

 
Kimmie Rhodes

client: Sunbird Records, Austin Texas
PHOTO SESSIONS
not wearing hats

Tia McGraff

CD photography/design
Canadian/ Americana
- client:Bandana Records

Tanya Tucker


client:Tanya Tucker

John Jorgenson


Gypsy jazz guitarist, extraordinaire!

client:John Jorgenson
highly recommended cd:
Ultraspontane

LUCINDA WILLIAMS

documentary video for
Are You Alright?
from her new album WEST

>
view video on YouTube
client: Lost Highway Records

American Way, March

February

 

June Carter Cash

book cover photograph
Anchored In Love: The Life and Legacy of June Carter Cash
by John Carter Cash

I highly recommend this book!
There are two book covers/ mouse over (or kangaroo over) for the Australian cover
Published by Thomas Nelson.

 

August 30
BREATHER Design Conference
Keynote presentation - "RETRO 40"
Agnes Scott College, Decatur Georgia


August

20th Century Guitar Magazine
John Jorgenson
Nashville Scene The Long Players - "Layla" at Mercy Lounge

July
Rolling Stone June Carter Cash + John Carter Cash in recording studio
BillBoard Charlie Louvin - 2 page feature

 


There are some great stories and pictures and radio shows on this BBC site.
BBC RADIO2 60's SeasonJuly

.......................................................
Alan Messer / currently living in Nashville
"I started work in 1967 at 16 in London, photographing pop stars. My first pop magazine cover was Manfred Mann, the second The Beatles (Sept 1968). Amongst many, I also photographed; The Rolling Stones, The Doors, T.Rex, Rod Stewart, The Kinks, Diana Ross, Lulu, The Carpenters, The Who, Elton John. Was resident photographer at BBC for Simon Dee's "Dee Time". I was a trendy teen, dressed in a bottle green velvet suit from Take 6. Had clothes hand made at Carnaby Cavern by Colin, my hair cut by Denny at Sweeney's in Knightsbridge. My shirts were frilly or Nero style with a round collar. The swinging sixties were amazing, fast and productive. I was a teenager from Margate with a camera and a pass to every cool happening fab gear music event. I am still a photographer."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/60sseason/your60s.shtml
THE 60's; I also remember hiding under the bed sheets at boarding school with my transistor radio tuned to Radio Luxembourg, the coolest pop music station
and later when I was at work, meeting Jimi Hendrix when I was assistant on a photo session with sixties photographer, Dezo Hoffmann.
And last, but not least, my sister Jane being born on 26th of July, 1961. A very exciting family moment!

May 28th

Today is my 29th anniversary of living in Nashville.
December 3rd 2007 will mark my 40th year of being a photographer .

April 10th
Spirits Having Flown

Johnny and June Cash's house, 200 Caudill Drive, Hendersonville
Fortunately, no one was hurt. The legend of Johnny Cash intensifies.

FEB 26th

George Harrison and John Lennon at Abbey Road


Two of my photographs were on auction at
SOUND & VISION for CANCER RELIEF UK
My prints of John Lennon and George Harrison sold for charity at the silent auction.

FEB 11th

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark

On stage at Nashville's, Schermerhorn Symphony Center

STUBBS and JESSE "GUITAR" TAYLOR


The Delineation Art Class at Texas Tech in Lubbock, created these two two artworks from my photographs.
On display at The Buddy Holly Center

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