Doc K. E. Ford

The Photographer

KNIGHTSHADE

From 1982 to 91 Knightshade were one of the hottest and most exciting bands on the NZ music scene.  Several top 20 singles and a host of supports for touring acts including, Deep Purple, Iggy Pop, Bon Jovi, The Angels & Guns ‘N’ Roses, they cemented their place in Hamilton and NZ rock history.

Between 87 & 88 I was one of their official photographers and lucky enough to catch them at the very live best, on and off stage.

Capturing the action on and off stage was always a joy, and provided many happy hours in the darkroom processing rolls of film and printing selected images.  Thirty years on, I find myself working with the original negatives once again, this time in broad daylight.   Using a high-quality scanner and professional processing software, this exhibition has been created from over 400 frames and presented in collaboration with doublebass curator Phil Walsh. 

The technology may have changed, but the joy and happiness of working with these images endures. 

HILLCREST TAVERN 1987

A lot of bands attempted greatness  in and around Hamilton during the eighties.  No other band worked as hard or was as focused on simply being the best musicians  and songwriters they could as Knightshade.     

Lawrence Arps

BACKSTAGE 1

RADIO WITH PICTURES

1987

GAVIN LIND

ANGELS SUPPORT 1987

ALAN GRADY

XMAS AT THE HILLCREST 1987

BACKSTAGE 2

THE HILLY 1988

JOHN BELL

THE METROPOLE 1988

BACKSTAGE 3

RAINED OFF LAKE CONCERT 1988

WAYNE ELLIOTT

Of all the engineers and producers who worked with Knightshade I think I saw them live the most.  I don’t believe anyone, myself included, managed to capture the true greatness of Wayne's vocals on record.  To hear the true Wayne you had to see him live.  

Lawrence Arps

METROPOLE 88 pt1

Amazing pics and what a delight to see them and remember those times. For me, it brings back the joy of working with the guys in the days of big pre-digital studios and gigs that had queues stretched around the block to see the legendary Knightshade. And so much HAIR!  I’ve always been honoured to be a tiny part of their story.   

Gael Ludlow

RIK BERNARDS

ROXOFF 88 pt2

THE CREW

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Doc K.E. currently lives in England with her pet sansevieria. These days she is content with capturing life and musical artists in black and white on her modest mobile phone. In Feb, 2020 she was back in NZ photographing the Waikato Rockers Reunion at The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

The Last word

We hope you have enjoyed this collection. We had lots of fun putting it together,..... and there is more to come.

Special shoutout to Davey Jones for the newspaper clippings

Yes, you can download the photos from here,albeit that they copy at a fairly low resolution.  We only ask that if you use them for any further posts or promotions that you include the copyright tag (c) Doc K.E.Ford.
However, remember that the photos here are simply our picks from a much larger collection.  If you were involved in any or all of these shows, please contact us as we will endeavour to arrange copies of any you would like, no charge other than media devices (USB sticks, discs etc)
There will be no downloads or sales to the general public.
Cheers, Phil

 

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