Capturing the Arts: Cam Evans

Photography by Cam Evans
Cam Evans

Inspired by the gritty Los Angeles punk-rock scene during the late 1970s and early ’80s as seen in the documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, Cam Evans wanted to use his lens to freeze moments in time with Sacramento’s music scene as his muse.

Tartar Control at Cafe Colonial
Tartar Control at Cafe Colonial

“The thought came to me, ‘Why not photograph all this music that’s happening around me?” Evans says. “I try to convey the energy within the room, and it keeps me moving. I just like the rush of it. For me at least, it’s just based on intuition.”

Bridge City Sinners at Goldfield Trading Post
Bridge City Sinners at
Goldfield Trading Post

Evans has independently published three photography magazines that feature his raw images. The first, “Sacramento Is Burning, showcases bands he shot from 2017 to 2018; Girls Burn Boys” was released in January and focuses on the tenacity of female musicians. Black and White Photos and Some Sacramento Venues,” was published on July 4 and is available for purchase through

Rituals of Mine at LowBrau Cam Evans
Rituals of Mine at LowBrau

“Honestly, photography is almost like therapy to me,” Evans says. “I get paid very little, not much at times. But it’s the experience of giving other people within punk, indie and hip-hop something to remember. I just want to photograph what’s around me.”

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