No one brings music and photography together better than Danny Clinch. No one.
Sure, the access to the musicians -- the intimate moments that so few of us ever get to see -- is part of what separates him from the pack. But that access has been earned, it didn't just happen. This guy's been doing it for years and, like subjects he photographs, he, too, is a musician and documents a refined rock and roll lifestyle that goes beyond our expectations and assumptions.
Just having the access isn't enough, though. You have to be able to capture the difference that having that access gives you. There needs to be a deep trust between you and the subject. Enough for them to let their guard down for just a fraction of a second. Enough to let the photographer get something no one has ever documented before. And Clinch does it most every time.
The man's an inspiration.