Frank Zappa, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, 1972

Back in the days before I knew better, I used a direct flash to light one of my favorite performers. I always find it startling to be able to see into someone’s mouth while they’re singing, and I really dislike flattening out ambient stage lighting with direct-axis on-camera flash. Nevertheless, it works here… It’s a good shot of Zappa at his sparkling, witty and irreverant best.

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