At Chicago's Lollapalooza, photographer Brian Sorg and SPIN deputy photo editor Jennifer Edmondson created portraits of some of the festival's coolest performers. Here, Sorg talks about each shot:
For NYC-based Cults, Sorg wanted to contrast the band's monochromatic style with a splash of color, so he asked them to play with some smoke bombs that he'd hidden in his camera bag. "[Singer] Madeline [Follin] was worried about getting color all over her, and when her yellow smoke bomb started to bleed onto her hand, she tossed it -- this is that moment," says Sorg, who loved the couple's playful chemistry.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »