Anyone who’s been to a Musica Viva concert – or flicked through a copy of Limelight– will be familiar with the work of Keith Saunders. The photographer has shot musicians from Angela Hewitt, Alina Ibragimova and the Takács Quartet to local artists like the Goldner String Quartet and Arcadia Winds. A new exhibition by the artist, Side Take, (in which Saunders’ work is displayed alongside that of still-life photographer Michael Bradfield at The Roller in Zetland) will showcase outtakes and behind the scenes photographs from shoots he’s done for arts clients over the years.

Keith Saunders, Photography, Classical Music, Alina Ibragimova Violinist Alina Ibragimova. Photo © Keith Saunders

Saunders has been shooting musicians for three decades. “I lucked into a job in London assisting a music photographer and immediately liked being around the performers and music makers and the people enabling the performances,” he tells Limelight. “When I began shooting on my own it was clear to me that music photography was what I should focus on most and 30 years later I still love it as much as I did when I started.”

“Classical music has so much variety and there are so many...