NEW YORK – Trust is earned, not given.
As a photographer to some of the world’s biggest musical artists, Thomas Falcone knows the importance of earning that trust.
“It’s a very groundbreaking moment when you’re allowed to document everything,” said Falcone, a Yorktown native.
The list of chart-topping artists he’s worked with includes Camilla Cabello, Ellie Goulding, and Big Sean.
Capturing their energy on stage is one thing. But being invited into their dressing room is to be invited into a different world.
“It’s hard to do that,” Falcone said. “You just have to be yourself and be the most real person you can be. All of these celebrities, they don’t want people sucking up to them. They’re going to let me into their lives if I let them into mine.”
So, what happens when the curtains close? Who is a performer when they’re not performing?
Those questions are at the center of Falcone’s debut gallery, “A Time Capsule,” which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at 198 Allen St., New York.
“It’s all documentary style,” Falcone said. “I’m giving everyone an inside look of what it feels like to be a ‘celebrity’ but making you feel as close to them as possible.”
The Yorktown High School graduate has been touring the world with musicians since he was a teenager. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” Falcone said of his show, “but I didn’t think my work was ready.”
Now 27, Falcone’s genre-spanning gallery features 40-45 images from nearly a decade’s worth of working with musicians in EDM, rock, hip hop, and Top 40 pop.
The gallery is being sponsored by Polaroid, Rokit, Drobo and idobi. Among the corporate giveaways to guests will be some Polaroid cameras with film.
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