Photographs by James Mollison. Foreword by Desmond Morris.
Chris Boot, 2008. 128 pp., 58 color illustrations., 10x14".
Between 2004 and 2007, James Mollison attended pop concerts across Europe and the USA with a
mobile photography studio, inviting fans of each music star or band to pose for their portrait outside the
gig. He subsequently combined portraits of 8-10 fans for each performer into a single line up, making a
single panoramic image in each case. With a total over 500 individual portraits, in 58 panoramic
images, The Disciples, an original, sharp and highly entertaining take on contemporary music culture
and the tribalism invoked by popular music stars.
Included are the disciples of the Arctic Monkeys, Jimmy Buffett, George Clinton, the Cure, the Damned,
P Diddy, Snoop Dogg, the Dresden Dolls, Yossou N’Dour, Bob Dylan, Missy Elliot, 50 Cent, Iron
Maiden, Elton John, Tom Jones, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Madness, Marilyn
Manson, George Michael, Morrissey, Motorhead, Willie Nelson, the New York Dolls, Oasis, Dolly
Parton, Iggy Pop, Prince, Radiohead, Shabba Ranks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cliff Richard, the
Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, Shakira, the Spice Girls, Rod Stewart, Angie Stone, Take That, ZZ
Top, U2 and the Wailers.
With a foreword by Desmond Morris, ethologist, writer and broadcaster (whose previous books include
The Naked Ape, 1967), The Disciples also features a commentary by Mollison on his encounter with
the fans of each star. The book is exquisitely designed and produced on a large portfolio scale (each
image featured appears at 70cm/28in wide), and is published in a limited edition of 3000 copies.
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