Meet Your NYS Music Staff: Photographer Scott Harris

Scott Harris is a music photojournalist as well as a street, landscape and fine art photographer and an avid member of the Instagram community. Originally from southwestern Connecticut, Scott attended college and lived for the better part of a decade in Upstate and Western New York regions. Scott currently resides in Westchester County and serves as a house photographer for the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Scott’s musical tastes include jam, electronica, EDM, hip hop, blues, bluegrass, funk, folk and pretty much everything in between.

scott harrisAs a rabid Phish phan, Scott originally began taking concert photos with a little point & shoot camera at the band’s Bader Field run in June 2012 just for fun. Scott quickly caught the photography bug and though he’s entirely self-taught, almost a year to the day later officially shot his first concert.  In his first year as a music photojournalist, Scott had the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of artists/projects, including: Elton John, Jack White, Phish, Umphrey’s McGee, The Avett Brothers, Lotus, The Disco Biscuits, Skrillex, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Phil Lesh & Friends, RatDog, Primus, Mastodon, Pixies, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Tegan + Sara, Beats Antique, John Butler Trio, moe., Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Lettuce, Yonder Mountain String Band, Strangefolk, White Denim and Kung Fu, just to name a few.

Aside from his work at The Capitol Theatre and for NYSMusic, Scott is a frequent contributor to Relix and JamBase. Scott’s work has recently been featured on and he’s appeared as a guest host on SiriusXM Jam ON. On the rare occasion Scott is not attending a concert, he’s often found exploring the world of craft beer or engrossed in sports. Scott is infatuated with imperial IPAs and is a diehard Syracuse basketball/football and RIT hockey fan, and he also loves (in no particular order) the Yankees, Rangers, Giants and Knicks.

While Scott’s live music bucket list has been rapidly dwindling over the past year (including trips for the first time in 2014 to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo), he has his sights set on attending and photographing Coachella, Electric Forest and Jam Cruise, as well as Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, the Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruce Springsteen, among others in the near future.

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