Lance Mercer Photography

Born and raised in Seattle, Lance began photographing the burgeoning grunge music scene at the age of 13. After studying commercial photography locally, he became a fulltime freelance photographer in 1991.

Though music was his first love, it was always more than just an audio track. It was the community it came out of that moved him to borrow his dad’s camera and seize these moments, documenting shows. Fascinated by the life of rock and
the cathartic ritual between fan and musician, he captured the energy, drive and passion of individuals that forever changed music history. Some were great, even if only for the duration of a two-minute tune, three-minute video, or six-gig van tour. Others became Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, to name a few. Through his involvement with the local music scene he was invited to tour with Pearl Jam in 1992-95 as their official photographer and released two subsequent books: a retrospective with fellow Seattle photographer, Charles Peterson, called Place/Date (1997) and 5X1 Pearl Jam Through the Eye of Lance Mercer (2007).

Internationally published and exhibited, today, Lance continues his career as a visual storyteller, applying his talents in the music, editorial, and commercial world to production, direction, and filming of documentary projects.