Art: Michael Wilson, For Musicmakers from These Parts at Iris Bookcafe

The Iris Bookcafe exhibit celebrates local talent and is titled Michael Wilson, for Musicmakers from These Parts.

Daniel Martin Moore, February 2012, Mehring Way, Cincinnati
Daniel Martin Moore, February 2012, Mehring Way, Cincinnati

“I don’t know the people, but I like the way they look,” says longtime Cincinnati Post photojournalist Melvin Grier.

Grier is at Iris BookCafé, surveying black-and-white photos of local musicians. Some are national names, others up-and-comers. All were shot by fellow photographer Michael Wilson, who should be a national name but isn’t.


Wilson is the go-to photographer for Lyle Lovett, and he has shot portraits and album covers for the Replacements, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, B.B. King and Randy Newman.

The Iris exhibit celebrates local talent, though, and is titled Michael Wilson, for Musicmakers from These Parts. Wilson clearly is a picture-maker from these parts, with a Midwestern humility that belies his portfolio.

The retrospective spans more than 35 years. It includes established acts past and present (Wussy, Over the Rhine, Peter Frampton) and new names (Aaron Collins, Adam Petersen/ADM). There are musicians who died too young (Katie Reider), and also those who we thought might live forever (Pigmeat Jarrett). 


Continues through Sept. 28. Iris BookCafé, 1331 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, irisbookcafe.com.

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