The Key’s Year-End Mania: Ben Wong’s favorite artist portraits of 2017

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You Do You | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. Today, Key photographer Ben Wong revisits some of his favorite artist portraits from the past 12 months.

The artist portrait is an interesting process for both the photographer and the musician(s). It’s one of the few times that there are literally no rules. In many cases the more imperfect the better. It requires trust and creativity for both parties to conceive a vision and tell a story by showing. Philadelphia especially, while rich with talented musicians, is also home to some of the most talented visual artists. We help contribute to the artist’ brand as much as they help build ours. This year I was fortunate enough to work with a variety of different artists and explore my love for portraiture with musicians from all corners of the Philadelphia scene.

Alex Smith | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Beach Slang | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Creem Circus | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
DJ Lean Wit It | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Dopapod | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Elissa Velveteen | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Japanese Breakfast | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Kirby and the Vibe Tribe | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Luke O’Brien | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Maitland | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Ninth Floor Mannequin | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Octave Cat | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Palmas | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Peace and the City Grease | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Pine Barons | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Reco Havoc | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Rob $tone | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
The Dawn Drapes | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
You Do You | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Josh Friedman | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com
Questlove | photo by Ben Wong | brotherlylost.com

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