Photos By Pete Purnell: 2013 Leonard Cohen Rotterdam Concert

When I first heard from Pete Purnell, he wrote that his goal was to take concert photos that would “capture moments and subtle gestures” of the sort that are rarely caught in the shots favored by sources such as newspapers and magazines. These photos from the 2013 Leonard Cohen Rotterdam Concert are evidence that he remains committed to this mission. His shots from this show are also a dandy addition to one my favorite photo themes: When Bad Seats Happen To Good Photographers.

I especially like the shot below that catches Rafael Gayol’s drumstick at the apex of his ritual toss.

And I’m fond of this view of the stage and audience.


Originally posted Oct 2, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Gwen Langford’s Photo Gallery: 2013 Leonard Cohen Radio City Music Hall Concerts

Gwen Langford, web master of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey, graciously allowed me to filch photos from her own 2013 Radio City Music Hall Leonard Cohen concert albums. Worthy of special note are lovely photos of Charley & Hattie Webb, the shot of Mitch Watkins that not only shows him at work but also displays his 2013 upgrade to a red velvet chair, three impressive images of Alex Bublitchi, and the sequence of photos depicting Leonard Cohen’s elbow keyboard run.

Originally posted April 13, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photo Of The Day: Leonard Cohen and Kezban Özcan – New York, April 8, 2013

The New York Photo

The perspective offered in Sylvia Apfelbaum’s photo of Leonard Cohen and Kezban Özcan, his personal assistant, creates a striking and especially appealing image.

The Photo In The Photo

The photo Kezban is contemplating was taken by Sylvia Apfelbaum in Ghent on August 13, 2012, the day after the first concert of the 2012 Old Ideas Tour and is displayed below in full size (this photo along with Sylvia’s evocative discourse on the significance of Leonard Cohen to her was originally posted on her Facebook page).

Note: Originally posted Apr 12, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I met Mr. Leonard Cohen at Tim Hortons and it was one of the most exciting days of my life!” Leonard Cohen Sighting: Halifax April 12, 2013

Note: Originally posted April 12, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I was only gone a couple of days and I get this photo sent to me of my dog with Leonard Cohen and I’m like, what the fuck? They look so happy. That hurts. You’re 100 miles away already and he’s like, ‘Look I’ve replaced you with the greatest artist ever’. It hurts on so many levels.” Mark Oliver Everett (E from Eels)

Read the full story at When My Dog Met Leonard Cohen