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Jim Summaria

Born: Chicago, Illinois
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Connection to Illinois: Summaria was born and raised in Chicago. He is currently based out of Algonquin.

Biography: Jim Summaria is a veteran rock concert photographer whose photos have been published in numerous books, CDs, and publications. His lifelong passion for rock photography began as a 19-year-old armed with a Kodak Instamatic at a 1972 Rolling Stones concert. Thrilled with his first effort, he invested in a 35mm camera and a zoom lens, and sneaked onto the main floor of a Led Zeppelin concert to snap photos. One image was posted at a local record shop; the manager was impressed and hired the 20-year-old as the official photographer for a major Chicago concert promoter. Summaria went on to shoot every major rock act of the 70s. After a side trip into a career in corporate photography, Summaria returned to the rock concert scene in 2008, photographing many of the same acts and creating the unique then and now portfolio few photographers have.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Photographer

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Classic Rock: Photographs from Yesterday & Today
ISBN: 1682034100 OCLC: 1054834035

Amherst Media 2019

Classic Rock: Photographs from Yesterday and Today features the original, high-quality performance photography of veteran photojournalist, Jim Summaria. Through his camera lens, readers get a front row view of many Rock and Roll Hall of Famers in performance as well as other artists often overlooked but whose contributions are compelling.