From setting up camera equipment to final adjustments in a darkroom, the journey from capturing an image to hanging it on the wall was a long one back in the days when drummers were tucking calfskin heads and wondering if the light bulb inside the bass drum would go out mid-gig. At least you would have a hard copy - you never worried if the great shot someone took of you behind your vintage Radio Kings or brand new DWs could vanish in a hard drive crash or disappear from an accidental keystroke.
We love old photographs of unknown drummers. Some of the allure comes from seeing what cool gear people were using in days gone by and wondering what's become of those great drums. It also connects us to a long tradition of musicians, sharing the same joys and problems working musicians have always faced.
Because after all, the story never really changes much, does it?