Country Music Hall of Fame


The Arts Company Presents Michael Weintrob’s Instrumenthead/Nashville

April 03, 2015 - June 28, 2015

With InstrumentHead/Nashville, Michael Weintrob has captured uniquely intimate expressions of the identities of musicians without showing their faces. Weintrob began taking portrait and concert photographs professionally in 1998. His InstrumentHead concept emerged by chance when, during a portrait photo shoot, Weintrob began suggesting artists put their instruments in front of their faces, “just to spice things up a bit and get creative.” His subjects responded so positively that the series took on a life of its own, and more than 250 artists from around the world have participated in the project. “The first thing I tell the artist is that I’d like to tell their story through the photo, and include what makes them special as a musician,” explains Weintrob. “I also ask, ‘How are your fans going to know that it’s you without seeing your face?’ So people show up with all the stuff that distinguishes them, and together we figure out how to incorporate it all into the portrait.”

A former Brooklyn resident, Nashville-based Michael Weintrob has been taking photographs of celebrated musicians for more than twenty years. His images have appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, JazzTimes, and Newsweek.  Weintrob’s passion for music and photography is evident throughout his work, whether he is travelling the world to shoot artists performing for thousands of fans or taking intimate portraits in his former studio in Brooklyn or his new space in Nashville. His work has been shown at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, and OZ Nashville.

Established in December 1996, The Arts Company is a cornerstone gallery on the 5th Avenue of the Arts corridor in downtown Nashville. A prime destination for original and contemporary photography, painting, and sculpture, The Arts Company offers a distinctive Nashville experience, in a welcoming environment of more than 6,000 square feet in a historic building.
The gallery’s mission is to offer individuals and businesses fresh, eclectic artwork beyond the typical gallery model. The Arts Company maintains partnerships with commercial and non-profit businesses and presents twelve inventive exhibitions a year, beginning with the First Saturday Art Crawl, an organized monthly tour of several gallery spaces in downtown Nashville.