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This past year, I finally put my eyes to the test, armed myself with a semi-expensive camera, and hit the photo pits. Now, I had previously wiggled my way up to the front of the crowds with a point-and-shoot in our early days, but I’d never really attempted to put myself in the shoes of a professional photographer. Within five minutes, I realized how stressful and yet how thrilling the position can be.

There’s a sense of community that photographers have that writers never really will. While some express lens-envy, and yeah it’s really ridiculous and uber-showy, most bond over experiences, trade numbers, and keep in touch. There’s so much waiting involved and so much hustle and tussle that camaraderie becomes a coping mechanism — and that’s really nice.

It’s a lot of work, though, and I don’t even own a heavy lens. I can’t imagine what it’s like to trudge through mud, run under unforgiving suns, and keep safe amidst horrific downpours while also holding multiple 50-60 pound lens. But some do, and what’s more, those some also work and write for us. That’s why I’ll always have the utmost respect for our photographers.

That’s also why this might be my favorite post of the year to put together. It’s our way of celebrating some of the hardest workers in an industry of nothing but hard work. It’s also a surreal way to relive the entire year again, as if you’re experiencing some warped, lucid dream.

That’s what veterans call flashbacks, I suppose.

-Michael Roffman
President/Editor-in-Chief

Girls

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Event: Girls at New York’s Terminal 5
Date: January 14th
Photographer: Shaun Regan

Justice

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Event: Justice at London’s O2 Brixton Academy
Date: February 10th
Photographer: Michael Zonenashvili

KoRn

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Event: KoRn at Chicago’s Congress Theater
Date: February 24th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Radiohead

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Event: Radiohead at Miami’s American Airlines Arena
Date: February 27th
Photographer: Phillip Roffman

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire

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Event: South by Southwest 2012
Date: March 13-17th
Photographer: Michael Roffman

Titus Andronicus

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Event: South by Southwest 2012
Date: March 13-17th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Wavves

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Event: South by Southwest 2012
Date: March 13-17th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Ezra Furman

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Event: South by Southwest 2012
Date: March 13-17th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Grimes

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Event: South by Southwest 2012
Date: March 13-17th
Photographer: Harley Brown

The Black Keys

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Event: The Black Keys at New York’s Madison Square Garden
Date: March 22nd
Photographer: Harley Brown

New Order

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Event: Ultra Music Festival 2012
Date: March 23rd-25th
Photographer: Cap Blackard

Ultra Festivalgoer

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Event: Ultra Music Festival 2012
Date: March 23rd-25th
Photographer: Cap Blackard

Ty Segall

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Event: Burgerama 2012
Date: March 24th
Photographer: Ted Maider

Andrew W.K.

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Event: Andrew W.K. at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre
Date: March 25th
Photographer: Joshua Mellin

Wild Flag

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Event: Wild Flag at Chicago’s Metro
Date: April 5th
Photographer: Michael Roffman

Cloud Nothings

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Event: Cloud Nothings at Chicago’s Schubas Tavern
Date: April 6th
Photographer: Michael Roffman

Willis Earl Beal

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Event: Willis Earl Beal at Washington, DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel
Date: April 24th
Photographer: Drew Litowitz

John Stamos (of The Beach Boys)

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Event: New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012
Date: April 27-29th
Photographer: Michael Roffman

The Beach Boys

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Event: New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012
Date: April 27-29th
Photographer: Michael Roffman

Shamarr Allen

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Event: New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012
Date: April 27-29th
Photographer: Michael Roffman

Al Green

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Event: New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012
Date: April 27-29th
Photographer: Michael Roffman

Tortoise

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Event: Tortoise at Chicago’s The Empty Bottle
Date: April 28th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Childish Gambino

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Event: Childish Gambino at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre
Date: May 9th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

St. Vincent

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Event: St. Vincent at Chicago’s The Vic
Date: May 11th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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Event: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre
Date: May 24th
Photographer: Brad Bretz

The Gorge

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Event: Sasquatch! 2012
Date: May 25-28th
Photographer: Ted Maider

Tenacious D

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Event: Sasquatch! 2012
Date: May 25-28th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Beck

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Event: Sasquatch! 2012
Date: May 25-28th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Action Bronson

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Event: Soundset 2012
Date: May 27th
Photographer: Joe Runge

Prof

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Event: Soundset 2012
Date: May 27th
Photographer: Joe Runge

Grieves

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Event: Soundset 2012
Date: May 27th
Photographer: Joe Runge

The Afghan Whigs

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Event: Primavera Sound 2012
Date: May 30th-June 2nd
Photographer: Colin Athens

Spiritualized

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Event: Primavera Sound 2012
Date: May 30th-June 2nd
Photographer: Colin Athens

The Men

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Event: Primavera Sound 2012
Date: May 30th-June 2nd
Photographer: Colin Athens

Radiohead

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Event: Bonnaroo 2012
Date: June 7-10th
Photographer: Lilian Cai

Liars

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Event: Liars at New York’s Webster Hall
Date: June 20th
Photographer: Harley Brown

Japandroids

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Event: Japandroids at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall
Date: June 21st
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Orion Festivalgoers

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Event: Orion Music + More 2012
Date: June 23rd-24th
Photographer: Michael Zonenashvili

Fucked Up

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Event: Orion Music + More 2012
Date: June 23rd-24th
Photographer: Michael Zonenashvili

Gary Clark Jr.

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Event: Orion Music + More 2012
Date: June 23rd-24th
Photographer: Michael Zonenashvili

Fiona Apple

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Event: Governors Ball 2012
Date: June 23rd-24th
Photographer: Harley Brown

Dirty Projectors

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Event: Dirty Projectors at New York’s Prospect Park
Date: July 10th
Photographer: Michael Zonenashvili

Forecastle Sunset

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Event: Forecastle 2012
Date: July 13-15th
Photographer: Lilian Cai

My Morning Jacket

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Event: Forecastle 2012
Date: July 13-15th
Photographer: Lilian Cai

Sleigh Bells

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Event: Pitchfork 2012
Date: July 13-15th
Photographer: Joshua Mellin

Kendrick Lamar

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Event: Pitchfork 2012
Date: July 13-15th
Photographer: Joshua Mellin

Sugar Ray

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Event: Summerland Tour at Holmdel, NJ
Date: July 21st
Photographer: Harley Brown

The Killers

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Event: Firefly 2012
Date: July 20th-22nd
Photographer: Ben Kaye

The Flaming Lips

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Event: Firefly 2012
Date: July 20th-22nd
Photographer: Ben Kaye

The Wallflowers

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Event: The Wallflowers at Chicago’s Schubas Tavern
Date: July 27th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Conor Oberst

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Event: Newport Folk Festival 2012
Date: July 28-29th
Photographer: Ben Kaye

Black Sabbath

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

The Tallest Man on Earth

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Chief Keef

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Aaron Paul

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Passion Pit

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

The Weeknd

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Poliça

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

The Walkmen

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Jack White

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Frank Ocean

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

At The Drive-In

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Event: Lollapalooza 2012
Date: August 3rd-5th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Regina Spektor

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Event: Outside Lands 2012
Date: August 10-12th
Photographer: Debi Del Grande

Sharon Van Etten

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Event: Outside Lands 2012
Date: August 10-12th
Photographer: Debi Del Grande

Polaris

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Event: Polaris at The Adventures of Pete and Pete Reunion at Los Angeles’ The Orpheum
Date: August 28th
Photographer: Cap Blackard

American Nightmare

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Event: FYF Fest 2012
Date: September 1st-2nd
Photographer: Ted Maider

The Orwells

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Event: FYF Fest 2012
Date: September 1st-2nd
Photographer: Cap Blackard

Twin Shadow

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Event: FYF Fest 2012
Date: September 1st-2nd
Photographer: Cap Blackard

The Faint

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Event: FYF Fest 2012
Date: September 1st-2nd
Photographer: Cap Blackard

James Blake

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Event: FYF Fest 2012
Date: September 1st-2nd
Photographer: Cap Blackard

Pearl Jam

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Event: Made in America 2012
Date: September 1st-2nd
Photographer: Michael Zonenashvili

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

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Event: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Chicago’s Wrigley Field
Date: September 7th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Sunn O)))

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Event: Hopscotch 2012
Date: September 7-9th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Elvis Costello

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Event: Riot Fest: Chicago 2012
Date: September 14-16th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Riot Baby

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Event: Riot Fest: Chicago 2012
Date: September 14-16th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Iggy Pop

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Event: Riot Fest: Chicago 2012
Date: September 14-16th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

David Byrne & St. Vincent

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Event: David Byrne and St. Vincent at The Chicago Theatre
Date: September 18th
Photographer: Heather Kaplan

Einstein on the Beach

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Event: Einstein on the Beach at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Date: September 19th
Photographer: Stephanie Berger

Swans

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Event: Swans at Milwaukee’s Shank Hall
Date: September 22nd
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Peter Gabriel

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Event: Peter Gabriel at Chicago’s United Center
Date: September 27th
Photographer: Michael Roffman

Odd Future

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Event: Odd Future at The Catalyst
Date: September 28th
Photographer: Ted Maider

Treasure Island Sunset

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Event: Treasure Island 2012
Date: October 13-14th
Photographer: Summer Dunsmore

Joanna Newsom

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Event: Treasure Island 2012
Date: October 13-14th
Photographer: Ted Maider

Divine Fits

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Event: Treasure Island 2012
Date: October 13-14th
Photographer: Ted Maider

M83

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Event: Austin City Limits 2012
Date: October 12-14th
Photographer: Allyce Andrew

Jack White

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Event: Austin City Limits 2012
Date: October 12-14th
Photographer: Allyce Andrew

Florence + the Machine

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Event: Austin City Limits 2012
Date: October 12-14th
Photographer: Allyce Andrew

Local Natives

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Event: Local Natives at Los Angeles’ The Satellite
Date: October 23rd
Photographer: Philip Cosores

Metallica

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Event: Voodoo Experience 2012
Date: October 26-28th
Photographer: Karina Halle

Voodoo Crowd

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Event: Voodoo Experience 2012
Date: October 26-28th
Photographer: Karina Halle

Bat for Lashes

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Event: Bat For Lashes at London’s HMV Forum
Date: October 29th
Photographer: Nathan Dainty

BMX Bikes

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Event: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012
Date: November 2nd-4th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Converge

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Event: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012
Date: November 2nd-4th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Run DMC

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Event: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012
Date: November 2nd-4th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Japandroids

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Event: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012
Date: November 2nd-4th
Photographer: Jeremy D. Larson

Refused

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Event: Refused at Los Angeles’ The Fonda
Date: November 5th
Photographer: Philip Cosores

A.C. Newman

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Event: A.C. Newman at Los Angeles’ Echoplex
Date: November 13th
Photographer: Philip Cosores

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra

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Event: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club
Date: November 16th
Photographer: Ben Kaye

Soundgarden

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Event: Soundgarden at Los Angeles’ The Fonda
Date: November 27th
Photographer: Debi Del Grande

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