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.
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »