1.Arcade Fire and more!

1/15

Photographer Guy Aroch has traveled the world shooting major fashion spreads and ad campaigns for the likes of Vogue, GQ, Victoria's Secret, H&M, and many more, including several previous assignments for SPIN.

But the Paris, London, and New York-based shooter had never been to a music festival like Lollapalooza before heading to Chicago for the sold-out event earlier this month.

Says SPIN photo director Michelle Egiziano: "Guy is one of the most genuine, creative, and thoughtful photographers working today. Unlike many contemporary fashion photographers, he fearlessly embraces shooting portraiture, scenes, and in this case live music.

"Guy's signature photographic style makes you feel like you stumbled on a secret romantic photo album from the way-back machine—cloudy edges, random flares, curled up corners—and gives his subjects a sentimental context and quiet drama. And makes them intimate, so fiery and intimate."

Here, Aroch shares his best shots with SPIN.com, and talks about the Lollapalooza scene, from the stage to backstage and beyond.

Click here to see the photos >>

2.Arcade Fire and more!

2/15

Photographer Guy Aroch has traveled the world shooting major fashion spreads and ad campaigns for the likes of Vogue, GQ, Victoria's Secret, H&M, and many more, including several previous assignments for SPIN.

But the Paris, London, and New York-based shooter had never been to a music festival like Lollapalooza before heading to Chicago for the sold-out event earlier this month.

Says SPIN photo director Michelle Egiziano: "Guy is one of the most genuine, creative, and thoughtful photographers working today. Unlike many contemporary fashion photographers, he fearlessly embraces shooting portraiture, scenes, and in this case live music.

"Guy's signature photographic style makes you feel like you stumbled on a secret romantic photo album from the way-back machine—cloudy edges, random flares, curled up corners—and gives his subjects a sentimental context and quiet drama. And makes them intimate, so fiery and intimate."

Here, Aroch shares his best shots with SPIN.com, and talks about the Lollapalooza scene, from the stage to backstage and beyond.

Click here to see the photos >>

3.Arcade Fire

3/15

"It really was a party," says Aroch of the Montreal band's set. "I don't know how else to put it, it was just a party up on stage... These guys were a cross between a party and a theater."

4.Arcade Fire

4/15

Aroch had been photographing Win Butler and Co. earlier in the week, and was stunned at the difference between their mellow off-stage demeanor and how they performed at Lolla.

"I could just hang with them on a 'people' level, on a real level. I noticed that [Win] was definitely a leader. He would react to some of the ideas I showed him…and was like, 'Cool, I'm down, let's do it,' and we just did our thing."

5.Phoenix

5/15

"I don't really know that much about Phoenix to be honest," says Aroch. "I got their album, I listened to it, but it's very feel-good music. Cutesy, French-y."

6.Yeasayer

6/15

"Those guys are friends. I was working with them, and I went up to Woodstock, where they were finishing up their album, because I actually know Chris [Keating] and his wife," says Aroch. "We spent an all-nighter there. We shot them in the forest, we jammed with them, it was really fun."

7.Yeasayer Backstage

7/15

"I got to be on stage with pretty much any show I wanted to, but these guys would just egg me on to keep on snapping, because of our previous relationship."

8.The National

8/15

"I love music, but I pump it on my computer at work. I'm a big fan of lyrics. And if the lyrics are dead, I just move away, which is why I'm not into pop music," says Aroch. "The National pretty much sum it up for me, just on the lyric front... It's just awesome being in the same room with these people, who I think are geniuses."

9.The National

9/15

"[Matt Berninger] kind of surprised me, because he's so mellow. And at the end of the day, that show's kind of a bummer. It's almost like [Berninger's] in pain, doing this show for us."

"But at the same time, all ofsudden out of nowhere, the dude comes out and climbs onto the freaking rail, and he's holding on to a fan's hand, and he's singing a whole song that way!"

"To me that was so cool, because the dude is so mellow, but he's just like, 'POW,' just jumps right in there. I was literally the only [professional] guy left there snapping."

10.The xx

10/15

"I really like the dude's style. I wish you could do video of it... Seeing him play, he's a trip, and I wish I could do that justice in one picture."

"But at the end of the day, they're just cutesy, nerdy kind of people. And that's worked for them. I think that it probably would have been better in a dark, night setting. But it was cool."

11.Crowd Surfer

11/15

"I actually used to not be so down with crowds, and I'm still not. But I was fascinated by that. I've never seen that in person."

12.MGMT

12/15

"Normally media photographers get two or three songs to shoot, and they get booted out of the show right after that. But I had a pass that I could use to hang out for the whole time. So I just sat down through the whole concert in the pit, in total happiness. At that point, there was no one else there, even photographers that worked for Lollapalooza had left already."

13.Grizzly Bear

13/15

"I was kind of hiding behind my camera the whole time, just snapping, because that's what I do and because I love watching music. You know what I mean? I've got to be snapping, but even if I didn't have to, I would be snapping anyway."

14.Crowd

14/15

"I snapped a lot of crowd shots just to capture the energy. At the end of the day, that's what's driving the show. The energy's really coming from the crowd. The musicians are just feeding off of that."

15.Stars

15/15

"I was really there just to see the festival, to see the bands, to be honest. I just brought a camera with me. I wasn't really working. It was more about that, which is at the end of the day why I got into this business to begin with. Because I love it."