Michael Weintrob

Instrumenthead – The Book

INSTRUMENTHEAD is a photographic series created to tell the story of the musicians without showing their faces. You’re invited to be a part of the making of Instrumenthead – a fine art hardcover book that presents musicians in a way you’ve never seen before. “Exhibiting my Instrumenthead portraits has been a dream come true.” says Weintrob “With your help, I hope to publish a full color fine art book. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the rich musical traditions of the American South. Also, non-profits, Tipitina’s Foundation, New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, and Rock the Earth will share in a portion of the proceeds and 5 percent of the money raised will go to charity.”

New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint says about InstrumentHead: “When you mix art and music together like you’ve done here, it’s just phenomenal. It doesn’t get much better than this.”



To purchase the book and prints and other crowdfunding perks visit: www.instrumentheadbook.com

For more info contact: info@instrumentheadbook.com




Photographer Michael Weintrob has been taking photographs of celebrated musicians around the world for over 20 years. His images have been featured in a number of renowned publications, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Jazz Times and Newsweek. From traveling the world to shoot bands and artists performing live for thousands of fans to intimate portrait shoots in his Brooklyn studio, Michael brings his love of great music and artistry into his photos. Michael Weintrob has also createdInstrumentHead, an ongoing series of photographs that convey a sense of magic and mystery. InstrumentHead features a glimpse into the psyche of renowned and emerging musicians and bands.


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32 thoughts on “Michael Weintrob – Instrumenthead – The Book”

  1. sterile…….. pseudo surrealistic style

    “I decided to place their instruments in front of their faces in an attempt to blur the boundaries between each individual personality and the tools of their trade.” Well that doesn’t work all we get is guitar head, piano, head trumpet face etc etc etc no blur of boundaries, no subtlety they are just aggressive one liners

  2. When I saw the first batch of these way back when, I thought they were cute and fun and said so. These are not as good as the earlier ones, and now I think the idea has been overworked, lost its freshness, and become tedious. Latching on to a formula and then over-exploiting it is unfortunately what a lot of people in the arts do to try to establish a brand.

  3. Last night there were four comments here, today there is only one left. What happened to the other comments, one of which was mine? Did someone deliberately delete them, or is this a freak glitch? I don’t want to judge hastily, but the fact that the three comments that disappeared were less than flattering seems slightly…???

  4. Burn has been around for a while, and I don’t remember ever seeing a negative comment purposefully removed, and there have been some brutal comments. Have to give DAH & Co. the benefit of the doubt.

  5. Hello everybody.

    The comments got deleted by mistake while cutting the story down to make it more about the images, it was definitely not done on purpose.
    All restored now. Apologies.


  6. Poor Michael. Comes up with an improbable yet creative idea, takes it to Burn, gets a good reaction, the project grows, 400 musicians from around the country get so captivated by it that they eagerly come in with instruments and artifacts of themselves, give him their trust, lend their creativity to him, he creates an absolutely unique body of work, has a big show, a dancing girl dangles twisting from the ceiling, he decides to do a book, comes back to Burn both to promote his quest to fund it and to get encouragement for it, right way gets trashed, comments disappear, discussion turns to whether or not this constituted censorship against those who do not like his work and then the discussion gets hijacked by the new Leica, which I know nothing about, think maybe I should look into, but, what the hell, I know already I can’t afford it so why bother?

  7. essay camera seems to have something going for it

    So ordinary I have never seen anyone else do it before or since…….. exactly a bit of a art school project feel about it

  8. One thing that I’ve learned from BURN is that anything goes in photography. Out of focus photos and tilted horizons don’t appeal to me, but even if I personally am not drawn to it or aspire to shoot that way, it’s still photography nonetheless.
    The creativity is an individual’s expression to communicate.
    For me the Instrumenthead project is wacky, entertaining, and does have a Wegman style, but that doesn’t bother me. Photographers get ideas from other photographers all the time.
    Michael, you’ve put a lot of your energy into this. If it continues to please you, then continue to fire away. And with proceeds going to Music Maker Relief Foundation, that is a big plus.

  9. FROSTY,

    Bill I appreciate where you are coming from and generally I try not to be so negative towards photographers here, but my honest reaction was and is, “too much of a good thing.”

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