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Q&A with DC-based photographer and Go-Go historian Chip Py

podcast September 21, 2022

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Chip Py began taking photographs at a young age while he tagged along with his father, a reporter. He studied history at East Carolina University and moved to Washington, DC in 1988. An avid live music fan, Chip Py has been shooting DC bands of all genres for over 20 years. Py has spent the last 12 years photo documenting Washington DC’s underground Go-Go music scene and was Chuck Brown’s photographer. One of his photographs is on permanent display as part of Chuck Brown Memorial Park. His go-go portfolio was acquired by the People’s Archive of the DC Public Library in 2020 and the Washington City Paper gave him the Editor’s Choice Award for his work in 2021. In November of 2020 Py releases the first ten numbers is a limited edition of Fine Art Chuck Brown prints.   In February of 2022 Chip Py’s book “DC Go-Go: Ten Years Backstage”   was published by The History Press.

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