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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Neko, Ben Folds, Andy Summers on photography

By Alex Baldinger

This 2009 photo by musician Ben Folds is an example of the work discussed at three upcoming "Music on Photography" sessions at National Geographic. (Ben Folds)

Neko Case is coming to D.C. on Dec. 1, but she won't be with the New Pornographers, and you won't find her on stage at the 9:30 Club or Black Cat.

Case will appear at National Geographic's Grosvenor Auditorium as part of the institution's four-part "Music on Photography" series, with subsequent appearances by Ben Folds on Dec. 3, and Andy Summers of the Police on the following day.

The series presents an opportunity for established stars from the music world to talk about their love of the still image and how photography can enliven their hours spent traversing the country in vans and tour buses.

Case's work in Polaroid and digital tends toward lo-fi images of transit scenes and found objects: cars stopped along the New Jersey Turnpike; a plane's shadow, captured from the sky over LAX; the vinyl furniture of truck stops in Nebraska and Kansas. Folds, on the other hand, favors black-and-white photography: Regina Spektor and William Shatner in candid moments; an audience (not his) shot from the perspective of guitarist Keir Nuttall.

Summers's work seems the most apt for the National Geographic setting: shots from Morocco, Spain, and Copenhagen are all rich with an explorer's sense of place; but it's the composition and poignancy of a Nepalese funeral pyre shot that speaks to the guitarist's keen eye.

As an added bonus, the Folds and Summers sessions will be moderated by portraitist Mark Seliger, who has photographed just about everyone from the world of music and entertainment on film for GQ and Vanity Fair.

Tickets ($20) remain for the three remaining sessions (the first session of the series, with photographer Danny Clinch, happened Nov. 10) and can be purchased here.

By Alex Baldinger  | November 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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