- Hardcover: 176 pages
- IBSN: 9781617751387
- e-IBSN: 9781617751486
- Genre: Art/Music/Pop Culture
The first book collecting the transcendent photographs by Grammy Award–winning music icon Omar Rodriguez Lopez.
Hunters in High Heels loosely documents the years from 2000 to 2006, during which the sheer scope of output and travel undertaken by Grammy Award–winning musician Omar Rodriguez Lopez and his comrades was nothing short of exhausting. The viewer is treated to behind-the-scenes encounters both in the recording studio and on the road, as well as highlights from Omar’s personal life, travel abroad, glimpses into relationships, and more—all of which provide an intimate and encompassing profile of the man behind the name.
Ever since he was a child, Omar has been passionate about photography. His hoard of antiquated cameras have always provided a necessary artistic outlet during his music tours. In the 2000s, as the band At the Drive-In gave way to the Mars Volta, Omar continued to obsessively document all matter of minutia and milestones along the way: dressing rooms, airport lounges, sound checks, sightseeing, encounters with colleagues and icons, the cherished weeks of decompression back at home. Conveying the absurdity, tedium, and fleeting beauty of the situations encountered, his photos read like a ramshackle tour diary, a schizophrenic time capsule of the tangential life of a traveling artist and tireless visionary.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in 1975. Best known as guitarist, songwriter, and producer for the progressive rock band the Mars Volta, Omar also counts writing, acting, film direction, and soundtrack scoring among his many talents. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, and first gained notoriety with the critically acclaimed post-hardcore band At the Drive-In. Upon relocating to Long Beach, California, he founded the Mars Volta in 2001, initiating an intense twelve-years-and-counting cycle of touring, relentless recording, and artistic expression. In 2009, he and the Mars Volta were awarded a Grammy for the song “Wax Simulacra” from the album The Bedlam in Goliath. In 2010, Omar’s first feature film release, The Sentimental Engine Slayer, had its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. In March 2012, his second feature, Los Chidos, premiered at South by Southwest. Hunters in High Heels is his latest book.