Vinnie Colaiuta – Modern Drummer

April 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I shot Vinnie Coliauta in May, 1993. Years before, I assisted my friend and mentor Peter when he photographed Vinnie. It was an odd and exciting feeling to go back and be the photographer this time. Among musicians (particularly drummers), Coliauta IS a saint – winning 18 Drummer of the Year Awards from Modern Drummer’s annual reader polls – including 10 awards for “Best Overall” category. Conceptually, I wanted to reference religious iconography – particularly the halo. MD selected the more “friendly” version, but I preferred the blue one (below). As you can see (hopefully) from these shots, Vinnie was a great subject – very animated, really into the shoot, and we had a great time. Click the images below to see some highlights.

Vinnie cover - October 1993 IssueAlternate from the October 1993 IssueVinnie Photos from the October 1993 Issue

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