Alexander Hallag was born in Vienna, Austria, and has lived in Seattle and New York City before moving to New Zealand in 2006. He is a self - taught photographer – who started taking photographs while in pursuit of his dream of directing films and videos. His relentless passion for photographing live music has led to him creating the book Shhh .. The Music is Talking, a photographic look at the contemporary New Zealand music scene, which has been met with positive response from the New Zealand music community. Alexander’s work as a music photographer has been featured in a variety of media, including The New York Times, Juxtapoz, MTV, International Tattoo Art, Industrial Nation, Dark Angel, Fears Magazine, Alternative Press Online, Rip It Up, The Fold, Red Bull Magazine NZ, Metro Magazine, Groove Guide, NZ Musician and more.
His specialty as a photographer is capturing the energy and essence ofbands and artists in performance. Some of the artists he has photographed include BB King, Black Sabbath, Leonard Cohen, Soundgarden, Metallica, Misfits, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Siouxie Sioux, Tom Waits, U2 and many others.
Alexander’s photographs have been exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, and in New Zealand. He was recently interviewed about his book: Shhh .. The Music is Talking and his photography by Brodie Kane for Seven Sharp. In addition to exhibitions and working on and releasing his book, he has also been commissioned for portraits of musicians and had his images used in various New Zealand album covers and inner artwork including: Six60 (deluxe edition) Devilskin Live at the Powerstation CD/DVD, Head Like a Hole – Narcocorrido, Cairo Knife Fight – The Isolator EP, Rezlord, and The Colossus which was nominated in 2015 at the Technical Award for Best Album cover at the 50th Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. (All album artwork with Cairo Knife Fight was done in collaboration with Barny Bewick)
Alexander is currently at work on Shhh … The Music is Talking volume 2 and other projects … www.themusicistalking.com/store www.themusicistalking.com