About humble archives


Jon Sievert was the staff photographer and a writer and editor for Guitar Player, Keyboard, and Frets Magazines for more than 20 years. During that period, and in subsequent years, he photographed many of the greatest musicians of our time in all idioms, including Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Country, Classical, Folk, and World music. His images have appeared on more than 100 magazine covers, dozens of album/CD covers, in film and television productions, and in hundreds of books and publications worldwide.

These archives represent more than 30 years (1971-2003) of the music business. He also worked as a freelancer and was the house photographer for the Monterey Jazz Festival for several years in the mid-'70s, all the Bread & Roses Acoustic Music Festivals, and for the San Francisco Blues Festival from 1982 to 2002.

Beginning in the mid-'70s, he began covering the rise of contemporary string band music (sometimes called New Acoustic Music) by virtuoso instrumentalists who erased the boundaries between jazz, bluegrass, classical, latin, and other forms of world music. This includes musicians such as David Grisman, Tony Rice, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Mark O'Connor, and Sam Bush.

You will also find images of music industry figures, equipment, luthiers, comedians, and more. These archives are an ongoing project; only 1/3 of the musicians Sievert has on file are currently represented here. If you are looking for a specific artist not shown, please inquire. All caption material is from Wikipedia and other online sources.

In 1996, Sievert formed humble press (www.humblepress.com) to publish his book, Concert Photography: How to Shoot and Sell Music Business Photographs, which has sold nearly 6,000 copies to date. In 2003, he moved to San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, where he continues to write, photograph, and work on book projects.