Lance Mercer

Pearl Jam, Ten Sessions, 1991
Gelatin silver print
12 x 18 inches
Edition #34/75, signed
Retail framed: $500
© and courtesy Lance Mercer

Born and raised in Seattle, Mercer began photographing the burgeoning grunge music scene at the age of 13. After studying commercial photography locally, he became a fulltime freelance photographer in 1991. Though music was his first love, it was always more than just an audio track. Fascinated by the life of rock and the cathartic ritual between fan and musician, he captured the energy, drive and passion of individuals that changed music history. Some were great, even if only for the duration of a two-minute tune. Others became Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, to name a few.

Mercer has taught classes and workshops, and has printed his work at PCNW for the last twenty years.

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