The HANDS Project

by Marc Mennigmann

 

About the HANDS Project

« The story of music through the story of the hands that make it »

When a photographer takes a portrait of a musician, he most likely pictures the face, or the musician with his instrument. “HANDS” is going another way. I picture the part of the musician that has a significant part on making the tone, playing the note, or initiating the sound – his hands.

Project Goals

1. Print A Book

My current plan is to release a book with a huge selection of pictures. This is only an idea yet, as I am quite busy with acquiring, shooting, retouching, printing, and all the stuff related to the exhibitions. Stay tuned for the HANDS Book!

The photo by the way shows Chuck Rainey and me. I was explaining my concept using a very early prototype of the HANDS book.

2. Prints & Exhibitions

I am always working on large printed versions (35″ x 20″) of selected hands that are exposed in galleries and music related places like jazzclubs and concert venues.
The collection of prints is currently more than 40 pictures, most with an accompanying live shot. If you are interested to expose them in your location please contact me.

For some high-res examples of the HANDS pictures, please visit the gallery.

3. Grow The Archive

The list of participating musicians is already way beyond 200. I am constantly looking for concerts that I like to visit, meet the artists and shoot their hands. So when you are out there on the road, close to my location, you might get a mail soon…

For a complete list of the participating artists please visit this page.

Carla Bley's HANDS

Upcoming Exhibitions

Theater am Wall, Warendorf

Oct. 11, 2018 to Jan. 13, 2019

The Theater am Wall is known for it’s fine series of nice jazz concerts. On Oct. 11 there will be a vernissage at 6:30pm, followed by a concert. Stay tuned for more details.
The exhibition will be there until mid January 2019.

Kloster Bentlage, Rheine

In planning: June/July, 2019

The Kloster Bentlage is a beautiful place for concerts, exhibitions and creativity. I’m really looking forward to show my pictures at this beautiful place.

Leverkusener Jazztage

Nov. 2018

This is going to be huge. More details will follow, but a lot of HANDS will be exposed at the 39th Leverkusener Jazztage in November 2018.
Stay tuned for more details.

Your place here?

some day in the future

Do you have a nice club, theatre, bar with frequent live music? Do you want to hang some HANDS on your walls? Let me know , maybe we can deal something out.

Past Exhibitions

21. Jazzfestival TU Dortmund

Jan. 21, 2017

40 large scale prints and a lot of accompanying stage shots will be exposed at the Jazzfestival of the TU Dortmund, Germany.

DAS GREIF, Lünen

May to June 2016

The first official HANDS exhibition. Over 30 large scale prints were exposed in a Rock’s’Roll bar in Lünen, Germany from May to June 2016.

SUPER Coffee, Lagos

July to September 2016

The pictures were exposed in a nice shop for coffee, food, art and handmade products at the wonderful Algarve in Portugal from July to September 2016.

Artist Comments

Carla and I agree – the photos are wonderful! Thanks for including us.

Steve Swallow

Bass

Congratulations on your beautiful work!

Jon Gomm

Guitar

Dude…
Amazing!!! That came out great. I think it says it all!!

Rex Brown

Bass

This is beautiful!! And BRILLIANT! Our hands say so much about us. So honored to be featured with some of my favorites and bass idols!

Nik West

Bass

Thank you Marc for bringing all these epic hands together .. Honoured to be part of this beautiful project.

Tanya O’Callaghan

Bass

Ein sehr beeindruckendes Projekt.

Ufo Walter

Bass

My compliments on your aesthetic visioning book project. I am honored to be part of it.

Really excellent photography, Marc. Bravo.

Peter Erskine

Drums

The story of our music through the stories in our hands. Grateful to be a part of it!

Steve Lawson

Bass

Love this. So great to be in the company of so many great musicians. Thanx Marc. This project is such a remarkable one!

Divinity Roxx

Bass

This is a beautiful project and it could not be in better HANDS.

Sari Schorr

Vocals

The idea, in itself, might seem simple. These pictures, however, reveal a truly unique look at our last pitstop in human appendixes before bodily motions take over to vibrating strings, hitting drums, creating music, and, every once in a while, hopefully making some magic. HANDS is not only a fascinating study in human anatomy but also a captivating look of the relationship we have with our instruments. Every wrinkle on every hand tells a different story. Jaan Wessmann

Bass

T-Shirts Available

The most iconic HANDS photo as artwork on a Classic Jersey T-Shirt made from 100% Combed Organic Cotton. Front side shows the hands of Bakithi Kumalo and Ana Orias Balderas. Backside shows the hands motto. Men’s M, L, XL and woman’s S, M, L available.

HANDS T-Shirt

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About The Photographer

Marc Mennigmann

Marc Mennigmann

Photographer, Musician, Entrepreneur, whatever...

Marc Mennigmann (born 1970) worked as a session musician for piano and Chapman Stick in the 1990s and founded two companies which both still exist.

He started photography in the new millennium using medium format film and a Lomo camera, switching to digital years later.

Currently his main interest is taking portraits and shooting musicians on and behind the stage.

You can contact Marc on this page.

You still want more?

Gallery

Here you can see some high-res versions of the HANDS pictures.

Artists

A complete list of the artists already participating the HANDS project.

Making Of

Some infos about how the HANDS pictures are made, and a ton of making-of pictures.

Blog

News related to this project. Never miss any new artists added.

The Grandmothers of Invention joined HANDS

I'm so happy to announce, that the Grandmothers of Invention joined HANDS. The Grandmothers are founded in the 80s by members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Today Bunk Gardner and Don Preston are the remaining members of the Mothers. The lineup was completed...

It’s fun. Always.

Two days ago I was at the Joe Satriani G3 in Cologne to meet John Petrucci and Joe Travers for a HANDS shooting. Both sessions worked extremely well, it was quick, precise, fun, and the results are fine. And in a quite moment I recognized the fun of this project, and...

A Special Musician – Tony Levin joined HANDS

Every artist I can add to the HANDS collection is something special for me. But some are more special, and in this case I am deeply thankful, that this legend let me take photographs of the ends of his upper extremities. He played bass and Chapman Stick on countless...

Jon Gomm & his HANDS

It is always a wonderful moment to confront a musician with a high quality print of his own hands. This is backstage with Jon Gomm. Later that evening he signed this special copy, which was printed on aluminium. Thanks for your support...

Vintage Guitar Magazine March 2018

Thanks to the Vintage Guitar Magazine for the article about HANDS in their March 2018 issue.    ...