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Name:  Jim Summaria  

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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Photographer

Born: Chicago, Illinois

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Summaria was born and raised in Chicago. He is currently based out of Algonquin.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.


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