Deirdre O'Callaghan: The Drum Thing

Deirdre O'Callaghan's new book presents photographs of, and words from, the world's greatest drummers

For the photographer Deirdre O'Callaghan, rhythm is one of the most potent aspects of music. "I love watching a drummer perform - the sheer physicality of playing this kind of instrument. To me drumming is almost a dance."

The Drum Thing is the result of several years interviewing and photographing some of the most famous drummers in the world. Initiated by a crowdfunding scheme and picked up by Prestel, it features O'Callaghan's images alongside personal reflections from each drummer on their craft.

The subjects featured range from jazz and the avant-garde to riot grrrl and pop-punk. They include the drummers whose playing underpins John Zorn, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea; rock legends like Ginger Baker, Lars Ulrich and Ringo Star; and contemporary trailblazers including Zach Hill, Chris Corsano, Questlove and Janet Weiss. Together they showcase the instrument's range and diversity, as well as the varied relationships different drummers have with their instruments.

Once part of the original team at Dazed & Confused magazine, Deirdre O'Callaghan has spend her career photographing major musical artists. Her award-winning first book Hide the Can looked at the homeless hostel Arlington House in London's Camden Town. She is currently working on a volume tracking five years in New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel.