Philip found a great way to combine his passion for music and photography.
From the end of my time with Genesis, through many of my early tours,
I watched him evolve from an enthusiastic bearded young man into a very able
and accomplished photographer. Live performance was his focus and he would travel
with many artists from gig to gig. That way we got to know, like and trust him and
consequently relax which enabled him to create this unique library of pictures”.
There are always three or four very familiar faces one sees when one looks out into
an audience. These familiar faces are usually I the section known as the “photo pit.”
One of these faces belongs to Phil Kamin. He takes photographs. In fact, he takes
great photographs. Inside this book is a collection of pictures taken at various
concerts with various personnel in various guises. From Milton Keynes Milwaukee,
he always seemed to appear and became a great friend over the years
Dear Phil, I mean every word!
Luv you, Phil C.
Phil Kamin is a dear friend and a great photographer. He is great because his photographs
are honest. I remember first meeting him back in the day when he was hanging out backstage
at a Genesis concert. He was a fan, but a non-assuming, non-demanding fan. He was and is a
genuine nice guy. He went on to take some pictures of the show and kept getting better and
better as he did more and more shows.
I know you will enjoy his work as much as I have over the years.
Genesis, Phil Collins, Weather Report, Frank Zappa
I remember Göteborg – A great show! We played extremely well there.
The crowd was really up for the show – they wouldn’t let up
for a minute, and Phil’s camera was there to capture it all.
Phil Kamin captured our energy on the road with his camera.
I always loved all the shots Philip took of me on stage.
This was one of those moments backstage where I felt so thankful that Rush let us come
out there with them… Ged (and the rest of Rush) showed us how to conduct ourselves on
the road… how to play hard every night…who to listen to… who not to listen to… and I think
in some small way we influenced them too. This photo is musician hetero man love at its
finest, and Philip was right there with the eye and camera to capture it, as always.
Kim Mitchell Band and Max Webster
What I like most about this photo is how Philip caught the loose symmetry of both guitars
and the chrome stand holding the acoustic guitar. There is also the symmetry of the fingers
on both hands and how the light on them plays against the green stage lighting. He also seems
to have caught the moment when I looked over at my tech and telepathically asked,
‘Am I in tune or what?’ A common question of the times!
Philip took some of the best photos of the CARS that I have ever seen. The concert shots
from the Heartbeat City Tour are phenomenal!! Philip traveled with us on a number
of tours and was a pleasure to hang with. Great shots and a cool guy.
What more could you ask for?
The Cars and Todd Rundgren
I consider Phil Kamin to be Teenage Head’s official photographer over anybody else.
He was always there pushing us to be our best. He understood that Teenage Head
was a band, while at the same time capturing the unique dynamics of Frankie Venom.
Many of his live photos included all 4 members of the band, a highly difficult and very
appreciated task. He was at all the big shows – Ontario Place, Heatwave, and of course,
Larry’s Hideaway. All through it, he was always encouraging Frank to perform at his peak
and photographing him at his best. I know Frankie loved him. No one but Phil could have
captured those shots. “Frantic City” is one of the finest album covers in Canadian music
history, in my opinion. We all consider Phil to be our friend and are so glad he was there to
document our finest moments. Thank you, Phil!