A couple of times this year, MY ROOTS will give you a glimpse of someone behind the scenes of the music we all love. We begin with a peek inside the life and career of music photographer Katarina Benzova. She is the official photographer for both Guns N Roses and the Dead Daisies, but did you know that she was once a supermodel walking the catwalks in designer clothes? Fate would eventually intervene after attending a GNR concert with a friend, taking some photos and having them seen by the band. Now she travels the world in a different realm and has captured breathtaking black & white images of Axl Rose, Billy Gibbons, Paul Stanley, Keith Richards, Courtney Love and Steven Tyler, among others. â€œKatarina captures life through her lens in a remarkable way which leaves one to wonder if thereâ€™s really glass between the subject and eye,â€ ZZ Topâ€™s Billy Gibbons shared with me recently. â€œStark realism is at the forefront of her aim.â€ Music photographer Vera Harder considers her photos, â€œVery classy.â€
So for this young woman, born and raised amongst the beauty of Slovakia, who never dreamed of being a photographer, she has become one of musicâ€™s up & coming legends in the making. After spending the holidays in her snowy homeland, Benzova gave us the scoop on her life, behind and in front of, the all-seeing lens.