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Books & Magazines November, 5 2008

The Disciples by James Mollison

The rabid fandom of pop fan lends itself well to anthropological study. Within that, there’s ample opportunity to produce amazing portraits and photographs that get to the core of the music fan. That, in essence, sums up James Mollison’s The Disciples.

“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.”

Mollison includes recollections about his encounters with many disciples and the book is prefaced by an essay by Desmond Morris. Morris is an ethnologist and broadcaster. The book is printed in large portfolio scale and limited to 3000 copies.

Available now at PhotoEYE.

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