I Was There: Photographs by Mike Weber

I Was There: Photographs by Mike Weber


  • June 7, 2018 - July 1, 2018
  • CSPS Hall
  • Free

Says Mike Weber, “From open mics and dive bars, to local festivals and studio sessions, I was there. It’s been almost a decade since I photographed my first show. It was an open mic and my best friend asked me to take some pics. ‘Not my thing,’ I said ‘but why not? I’ll be there.’ I had no idea it would become such a pivotal point in my life ― not just as a photographer, but as a person. A lot has changed since that first gig, but if there’s one thing that hasn’t it’s this: Music can change our lives, and that needs to be captured. My goal with this body of work is to expose more people to the talent we have here in our community. The music of Iowa is far more diverse than most of us realize. I’ve photographed classical, blues, jazz, rock, pop, rap, and everything in between. It seems there’s an Iowa band out there for everyone. I dedicate this show to the Iowa music scene, and everyone that keeps it alive. This collection might be viewed as a retrospective, but I have no intention of slowing down. I feel I’ve only just found my footing; there is still so much to do.”

Mike Weber is a Cedar Rapids photographer who got his start photographing events for his high school newspaper, and went on to serve as photo editor for the Kirkwood Communiqué. Over the past decade, he’s focused his attention on two objectives: mastering traditional film photography, and documenting the local Iowa music scene, while emphasizing the importance of live music.