Photographers, particularly music photographers, aren’t often viewed as artists by a fair number of people. The influx of inexpensive digital gear and the too-easy proliferation of images on the Internet have contributed to this artistic slide, or at least helped fuel the perception that any asshole with a camera can be a photographer.Jay Blakesberg knows different. A veteran of more than three decades in the pit, he has shot legends and unknowns, heroes and the under-sung, freezing in time indelible moments that speak to the inner nature of his subjects. His award-winning work has a pervasive intimacy and openness that speak to an almost unerring knack for knowing when to click. His kinetic live shots and often tender, revealing portrait work offer us further understanding of the people behind the music we love.