Anastasia Pantsios started shooting rock concerts as an extension of her interest in theater. After completing her M.A. in theater at Case Western Reserve with an emphasis on scene design and lighting, she switched her focus to rock and roll. In 1978, she formed Kaleyediscope with Janet Macoska and Stepha nie Saniga, launching more than a decade as a professional music photographer. Her work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin, the Village Voice, Esquire, Creem, Hit Parader, Circus, the New York Times, the Toronto Sun, and the National Enquirer, and in books on Van Halen, Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Motley Crue, David Bowie, the Pretenders, U2, Judas Priest, Todd Rundgren, the Plasmatics, Scorpions and Eric Clapton, as well as many general interest ro ck books, such as Norm N. Nite's Rock On Almanac, and on album covers for artists such as Eric Clapton, Southside Johnny, Patti LaBelle, Joe Walsh, Kathy Mattea, AC/DC, Styx, Kurtis Blow and Robert Palmer. She also shot for professional wrestling magazines in the late '80s and was the photographer for the Cleveland Opera for eight years
Her gallery shows include “Lyrical Spirits” at Cleveland’s Brandt Gallery in 1999, “All That Glitters” at Val’s Floral and Art Studio in Cleveland in 2000, and “ On the Mat,” a collection of her wrestling photos at Cleveland’s Brandt Gallery in 2009. Her 44-piece solo show, “Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock,” is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum through Labor Day 2011. She curated “Visual Music,” a group show of twelve Northeast Ohio music photographers at Akron’s We Gallery in November 2010 and Cleveland’s Zaller Building Gallery in June 2011.
She is also a writer whose music column and reviews appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1976-1987 and 1997-2003. She was o n the staff alternative new sweekly The Free Times from 1993-1998 and 2003-2008, and is currently a staff writer/photographer at altweekly the Cleveland Scene. While she still occasionally shoots a concert at clubs where there’s no three-song limit, these days she prefers to shoot less temperamental subjects like politicians and food.