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I’m so excited to be able to work one-on-one with my TEI students and share my knowledge and expertise with the next generation of great rock photographers.
— Lisa Johnson


Life In The Pit: The Rock Photographer Experience*

A TEI Experience with Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer

Experience life in the photo pit just like the pros with Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer. This practical application course is a field trip to the actual photo pit, where students have the opportunity to shoot a few songs of actual bands during their live performances on the Vans Warped Tour. Not for the faint of heart. Photographing such a wild and varied experience like the Vans Warped Tour can be a little daunting. Especially if it’s one’s first time on the other side of the barricade. Hopefully with a little guidance and coaching students will be on their way to capturing that next iconic moment. Following the photo pit action, class will have a review of the experience together.

Students should bring a camera. Cell phones will not be permitted as cameras in the pit for this class. Class size is limited. Artists and stage tbd pending daily schedule. This class was very popular last year and often sold out. Advance purchase is strongly advised. Please wear close-toed shoes.

*This TEI Experience is approximately 60 minutes long, and will start approximately 1 hour after the door time on your Vans Warped Tour ticket.

Lisa Johnson has been photographing the Vans Warped Tour since its inception in 1995. Each summer, she is responsible for the images that later appear on the cover of the annual official Vans Warped Tour Compilation on SideOneDummy Records. 

Lisa Johnson’s photographs documenting the Vans Warped Tour over the past two decades can be seen in the recent book Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years on the Road with the Vans Warped Tour. As well as in Vans: Off the Wall ‑ Stories of Sole from Vans Originals, a book on the history of the Vans shoe.

Her images have appeared at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and are on permanent display at the Slidebar Cafe in Fullerton, California. In 2014, her exhibition Decades: Warped Since 1995 - Through The Lens of Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer showcased images and artifacts from the rich legacy of the Vans Warped Tour history and was a featured attraction on the summer tour.

Lisa has also captured iconic images of bands as varied as Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, The Offspring, Smashing Pumpkins, NOFX, Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, Descendents, Bad Religion, The Bronx, William Control and New Found Glory. Her images have been in countless magazines including Alternative Press, Kerrang! Magazine, Revolver, SPIN, Rolling Stone, US Today and Thrasher.

Read more about some of Lisa's iconic images in this Alternative Press feature HERE.






A group photo will be taken at every TEI Workshop. Photos will be uploaded sorted by city and will be available for download and posting. Please tag us! @thinktei #thinktei

TEI Workshops are group educational experiences.  The workshops are not structured for meet and greets, autograph signings, or individual photo opportunities with Gurus. Please be respectful of these guidelines. A separate Vans Warped Tour ticket is needed to attend the workshop (buy here).

Photo credit:
Headshot shot by Chad Sengstock
Header shot by Emilio Martinez