Jim Dirden - Photographer
Biography: By Deanne Dirden
Jim Dirden is a noted freelance photographer who lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and specializes in photographing Americana roots musicians. His work is widely published in major newspapers and magazines. His clients include Acoustic Guitar, Oklahoma Today, Bluegrass Unlimited, Sing Out!, Oxford University Press, Texas DOT, Fort Worth Star Telegram, San Antonio Current, New York Post, Big Machine Records, Music Mill Entertainment, Rounder Records, Outdoor Photography, Publications International and Rodale's Scuba Diving (Jim is an avid supporter of efforts to protect the Florida Manatee and photographs them frequently).
His images also appear on numerous CD covers and booklets, including: Tom Prasada-Rao's Out of the Blue, The Wayback's Way Live, Doc Watson's Tennessee Stud, John Hartford and the Hartford Stringband's Good Old Boys, Ray Wylie Hubbard's Live at Cibolo Creek, Allen Wayne Damron's Texas Spirit ... Live!, the Kerrville Folk Festival 25th Anniversary Album, Bob Childers’ La Vita e Bella and Barton and Sweeney's On the Timeline. One of his images of John Hartford and the Hartford Stringband was featured in a nationwide D'Addario Strings ad campaign and the band’s promotional material.
Jim is staff photographer for Kerrville Folk Festivals, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, North American Folk Alliance and Southwest Regional Folk Alliance.
Like so many artists in this business, Jim's dedication to his craft is motivated primarily by his love of the music. So if you're an artist in need of high quality, affordable images for your next project, you might want to review Jim's work and -- if you like what you see -- contact him to discuss his special rates for independent artists and schedule a photo session.
Please note that while the majority of Jim's images published on the internet are of the "live performance" variety, he is also a professional studio photographer. In fact, he has a complete "portable studio" and travels extensively on assignments throughout the United States. Chances are he will be in your area -- or near one of your gigs -- very soon!
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