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Ric Carter - Chapel Hill's Music Photographer

Ric Carter was Chapel Hill's best counterculture photographer in the 1970s. He came to Chapel Hill from Gates County in 1967 as a 17 year old freshman, and got his first serious camera in 1969, a Yaschica Mat twin-lens reflex. As a student at UNC he learned to develop his own film, and was soon combining his love for music with his passion for photography to document the bands and concerts in the area.


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Jerry      5:37 PM Wed 8/24/2011

Soon, the air will be filled with bats.

Ric Carter      10:34 AM Wed 8/3/2011

Your wish is granted!<br \>Email me for details.<br \>There&#39;s an email button on my welcome page.<br \>CartersXRd.net

MPowers      11:55 PM Wed 7/27/2011

Love this page. Started at Chapel Hill Sept 1970. Knew &quot;Grateful Ed&quot; and Nyle Frank among others. Info about Joe College at Dook in &#39;71 is slightly off; it was actually the weekend after Jubilee and the lineup was New Riders of the Purple Sage with Garcia sitting in on pedal steel; the Dead; the Beach Boys; Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Leslie West and Mountain as the closers. Would love to see Ric make some of his concert photos available for purchase. These were also the first pictures I had seen of J Geils at Jubilee. <br \> <br \>Mike Powers

Scott Madry      2:11 PM Fri 3/18/2011

Hi there. Yes indeed, the top South Wing pic is of yours truly, the old Seadog, Scott Madry... not quite as skinny now, but I certainly recall playing at Carmichael that night (no need for reverb on the PA, the hall had plenty!), and Ric&#39;s amazing ability with a camera. Good times and great pictures.

BangBangSlang      4:57 PM Wed 9/22/2010

Bang Bang Slang is a Chicago-centric music website - we were tipped off to this post on Ric Carter through one of our mutual friends from Chapel Hill and decided to use Chapel Hill Memories as a launching pad to pay homage and spread awareness about the body of Ric Carter&#39;s work. <br \><br \>Check out our similar post HERE: http://tinyurl.com/33u8ukx<br \><br \>And also: many, many thanks for the coverage. We&#39;re just as excited as the Chapel Hill Memories community to share Mr. Carter&#39;s works with thousands in the Midwest.<br \><br \>www.bangbangslangblog.com<br \><br \>-BJH

tim madigan      4:51 PM Mon 8/30/2010

that first south wing picture is scott madry, not scott verner, though he was in the band as well as mike gallimore, ben levange and jeff harrison

David Labell      11:11 AM Fri 8/27/2010

South Wing did indeed feature &quot;Grateful&quot; Ed Ibarguen and Scott Verner, but the blond-haired acoustic guitarist is Scott Maddry.<br \><br \>That band gave a great stage show. Great fellows, too.<br \>

J Byrd      11:08 PM Mon 5/24/2010

Thanx Charly and Ric! Pic#1 did this fella proud! Not related to them, but always love to think so! PS Just linked your site to another and I&#39;ll bet you start getting overloaded! Keep up the good work!

Ric Carter      6:19 PM Wed 5/19/2010

His invisibility was the result of lighting reflexes honed in ice crashing MGs and usurping the campaigns of sham-revolutionaries running for student office. Should he buy or sell? Meet me at Linda&#39;s--say when. Delta Lambda Alpha Mu!

Richard Halfcock      5:55 PM Wed 5/19/2010

It&#39;s difficult to say percisely when Ric first went weird but by the time of the crystal slides he was so far around the bend one couldn&#39;t see him with a mirror. For verification, just ask any Italian or victim of the Telergy Group--No Plan.

Bob Harrison      1:12 PM Fri 5/14/2010

Great photos and article, but it is so sad to see so many great talents in these pictures who are no longer with us including, Frank Zappa, Duane Allman, Jerry Garcia, Rodney Underwood, and Clarence White.

ric carter      10:22 PM Thu 5/13/2010

Not if you buy second and third hand as I do;^)

Sue M      1:55 PM Thu 5/13/2010

Thanks for your response Ric. I looked at your LECIA collection, and they are all superb. I hope you can become the official photographer of Chapel Hill for Chapel Hill Memories. I would love to see photos of the town today as I now live in New Zealand.<br \><br \>Do Lecia cameras really cost $5,500?<br \>

ric carter      10:58 PM Wed 5/12/2010

First, thanks to all of you for taking the time to comment on the photos. Secondly, thanks to Charly for posting such a kind article.<br \><br \>Sue, on concert photos, percentage keepers varies depending on how poor I was at a given time (how much film could be wasted) and which camera I used. Early photos were with a TLR that only got 12 pictures on a more expensive roll, so I was more careful before shooting, waiting until I was pretty sure of a shot. With this camera, I would be very happy if I got one keeper per three or four frames. When I started using 35mm, there were thirty-six frames per roll, making it easier and cheaper to take a chance on something I was unsure of. With that, one keeper per five or six shots became feasible. Digital has lowered cost per frame even more.<br \><br \>Very often, there are several keeper frames that have similar expressions. Not all of these would be published, only the superior one.<br \><br \>Today I use mostly Leica rangefinders, most commonly an M8.<br \><br \>If you&#39;d like to see more, and different photos, please visit &lt;www.CartersXRd.net&gt; or &lt;http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/ricc/&gt;

Sue Moore      1:50 PM Wed 5/12/2010

How many pictures would Ric usually need to take at a concert to get the three or four great shots that he seemed to keep from each show? What kind of camera and lens does Ric use today?

John Holmes      10:02 PM Tue 5/11/2010

After seeing these fantastic pictures I am now sure that there never was a <br \>better time for music in and around Chapel Hill than the late 60s and early 70s.

Dan Morgan      6:49 AM Tue 5/11/2010

The Chapel History Museum should do an exhibit featuring Carter&#39;s photos. I would love to see poster sized versions of his images.

Betsy Burke      10:03 PM Mon 5/10/2010

Thanks for the memories and the amazing photographs. The J. Giles concert at Jubilee was the highlight of my years in Chapel Hill, and this is the first picture I have seen from that event.

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