As a part of our Concert Photography series, we’ve previously listed all the New York City concert venues categorizing them based on whether or not those venues had photo pits. Now for this next installment, we’ll be breaking down specific venues and including our personal experiences.
Funny story, one time when I was shooting a show at Gramercy Theatre, I had gone with two friends who would stay in the crowd while I went off to shoot at the beginning of every set. When I had gone back to my friends after the first three songs were up, a security guard followed me so I naturally assumed I was in trouble. I then started signing in American Sign Language to my friends who didn’t understand a single word that I was signing. The security guard then came up to my friend, asked him if I was actually deaf (to which he answered yes), and then that security guard let me go stand in the pit as long as I wanted.
Funnily enough, when I’m not pretending to be deaf at a concert, security at Gramercy has always been pleasant and super helpful. For some reason though, whenever I shoot there, the box office never has my name on their press list, so then I’ll have to call someone and then shit gets real. (Kidding!) Though it’s not the box office’s fault if my name isn’t there, but Gramercy staff has always been patient enough to sort it out for me. After I eventually get my photo pass, I’ll head in and on the right side of the venue near the bar is railing leading to the stage. Security won’t let you wait right next to the stage so just hang back until the act goes on. When they do, show the security guard your pass and then it’s smooth sailing from there.
Lighting at Gramercy isn’t my favorite and the pit is a bit on the small side, so expect soul crushing death stares from die hard fans in the front row. When you’re done shooting, Gramercy has seating in the back of the venue, which is always great.