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From the Pit

Listen to the stories and music that drive music photographers in New Zealand to capture live action and music history ‘from the pit’ in different music venues nationwide. Hear some of the best music photographers speak with prominent figures in pop culture and the world of photography.


  • Producer / Presenter: Reuben Raj

    Also known as SomeBizarreMonkey, Reuben's passion for music and photography has taken him around the world. From New Orleans to Siberia, Paris and Saudi Arabia; his instincts behind the camera have led him to fashion photography, movie sets and a body of work that includes some of the biggest names in music. Creative work keeps him busy but he still finds time for his other loves which include playing Mahjong and a golden retriever called Hektor.


  • Presenter: Maisy McLeod-Riera

    Maisy accidentally stumbled into gig photography. Her father introduced her to cameras from an early age and was always enthusiastic about taking them everywhere. Having developed a reputation as the ‘photographer friend’ she was asked to shoot a friend’s band in their first live show. Taken with the ephemeral nature of concert photography, Maisy joined up with Radio 13 and has been found in the pit ever since.

  • Presenter: Dave Simpson

    Dave Simpson is a live event and people photographer based in Auckland. He strives to capture amazing photos of people whatever they are doing. A regular contributor to Getty Images and, his editorial images have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, NME and have been used by brands including Prada and Calsberg Beer. Dave also teaches street photography and is an associate of the NZ Photographic Society (PSNZ).

  • PRODUCER: Pragalanayaki Prabhaharan

    Yoga and meditation are part of Pragal’s daily routine, but her ultimate stressbuster is cooking… ideally while listening to music! Around Auckland she enjoys getting up Mount Eden to take in the view, but along with her husband and son she also appreciates any opportunity to explore New Zealand, and Whangarei Falls is a favourite family spot. Pragal recently completed her Masters in IT Project Management (AUT).

From the Pit

Sunday, 11 August, 2019

Making Money Through Music Photography

Ep8 marks the end of the 8-part From The Pit NZ radio series. In this episode, Dave Simpson and Reuben Raj look back at past episodes, managing an independent media site, making money through music photography and hints of a future season.

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