Michael McGrath has been photographing live music for over 30 years. Born in the Bronx, McGrath fell in love with the wide open West during his first visit to Colorado - to see the Rolling Stones play Folsom Field in Boulder in 1981. He studied art, journalism and photography at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of New Mexico, and shortly after purchasing his first camera, turned his focus to his lifelong passion- live music.
McGrath has photographed for the New York Times, the Denver Post, Vice Magazine, Relix, and his photographs of Yoko Ono were included in the career retrospective of her work, Infinite Universe at Dawn. He has photographed thousands of bands over the decades, and his passion for shooting live music burns as brightly today as it did the night in 1989 when he saw a relatively unknown act called Soundgarden absolutely blow away the crowd in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2019, McGrath’s work was honored with a solo show, Sound Energy, at the Tointon Gallery in Colorado. He is currently the primary photographer for the Denver-based music website Audiovore.