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South By Southwest 2007 in Photos

March 19, 2007 5:19 PM ET

Whether you were down in Austin last week for the musical shit-storm known as SXSW or merely living vicariously through our online coverage, you'll still want to gaze upon the awesome photos in our SXSW galleries.

Day One: The Calm Before the Storm

Day Two: The Crowds Begin to Gather

Day Three: 24-Hour Party People

The Festival Ends

The gorgeous pictures -- featuring special moments with Mastodon, Girl Talk's Gregg Gilles, the Black Lips and more -- were snapped by twenty-six-year-old Brooklyn photographer and rising art star Noah Kalina. You might recognize Noah from his genius YouTube hit "everyday," a video documenting his six-year-long self-portrait project. (Noah was the subject of this New York Times article about portraiture in the age of the Internet.)

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