1.The Kids Are... Alright?

1/19

New York City filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn is a renowned documentarian with a keen interest in youth culture, best known for her DIY photo projects on the skateboard scene and her involvement with Beautiful Losers, an award-winning 2008 film about underground artists. So when she approached SPIN about shooting fans at this month's Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, of course we put her to work.

Dunn has been to many festivals over the years but was particularly intrigued by the prospect of shooting at Outside Lands, in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park. "That place is so geographically unique and the light is pretty special," she tells SPIN. "The fans were very friendly there because it's not really a media center like LA., just full of people who are so psyched, who are so passionate about being there."

Her first subject (above) impressed her with his unique look. "This guy was really spectacular," says Dunn. "I don't know what else I can say. Look at him! I think that whole thing was one connected head-to-toe unitard."

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2.The Kids Are... Alright?

2/19

New York City filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn is a renowned documentarian with a keen interest in youth culture, best known for her DIY photo projects on the skateboard scene and her involvement with Beautiful Losers, an award-winning 2008 film about underground artists. So when she approached SPIN about shooting fans at this month's Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, of course we put her to work.

Dunn has been to many festivals over the years but was particularly intrigued by the prospect of shooting at Outside Lands, in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park. "That place is so geographically unique and the light is pretty special," she tells SPIN. "The fans were very friendly there because it's not really a media center like LA., just full of people who are so psyched, who are so passionate about being there."

Her first subject (above) impressed her with his unique look. "This guy was really spectacular," says Dunn. "I don't know what else I can say. Look at him! I think that whole thing was one connected head-to-toe unitard."

SEE MORE OF DUNN'S FESTIVAL PHOTOS >>

3.Weekend Warriors

3/19

"This was during MGMT," Dunn says of these two girls, one of whom is sporting a t-shirt that pays homage to the band's song, "Weekend Wars." "They were just so cute and screaming, going crazy. They had MGMT written all over their hands. Just the classic teenage girls, so into the cute boy bands."

4.Chick, Filet

4/19

The free makeup tent and the various food tents were all churning out good work, and here, those worlds collide. "There were a lot of people with incredible face painting, and also the food was insane at the festival," says Dunn. "And I just thought this picture was really funny. I was trying to shoot through crowds to have things in foregrounds, and have things in depth.

"She's kind of normal looking, normally dressed, and then she's just looking at these chicken fingers with this fucked up face."

5.Festival Loners

5/19

First, the lady in the animal print coat. "I'm really fascinated by people taking pictures with iPhones and stuff," says Dunn. "She wasn’t looking at the band, she was just looking at her phone, recording the band -- and she was half a mile away from the stage!"

"That guy, I ran after," says Dunn of the masked man on the right. "There are not many places where you can go by yourself and it's cool socially as a young person, but with a music event, you can. So he was walking by himself and there was no one else around him... He didn’t really say anything. He just nodded and cocked his head sideways. There's something going on in those eyes."

6.Muse Fans, As a Muse

6/19

"You always try to get as close as you can get to the stage, and for Muse, somebody just didn't give a shit and suddenly we were standing right there, up close," says Dunn. "I just love the atmosphere, the depth and all the white and then the beautiful blue light. It gives you a sense of that area."

7.Buddy Picture

7/19

"This was on Saturday, pretty early. They were posing for a friend, and I like to take pictures of people taking pictures. This kid was definitely tripping out. He said, 'I love you, I love you,' so he must have been on E. He asked, 'Can you make me a star?' I asked, 'Where do you live?' 'Utah.' I said, 'Yeah, that could be hard.' They were very sweet together. They were taking care of each other, as is a good idea. Have a buddy."

8.Happy Guy / Happy Family

8/19

"That guy was fucking dancing his head off," says Dunn of the man on the left, captured while the Meters were playing on the main stage. "He was just twirling around and going crazy. He had some good moves."

On the right is a mother and daughter attending the festival together. "She just had this beautiful face and really fair skin. Her mom was equally as beautiful. They could have been sisters. They were really beautiful together in the front row. Sometimes you see people and you can bet that's their first music festival. And that's how I felt about [the daughter]. She was quiet and shy but she was kind of amazed. Really sweet. I love when people take their kids to concerts."

9.Greenman

9/19

Obviously, this fellow in a green bodysuit -- made popular by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia -- was eye-popping. "When you're suddenly in a sea of 50,000 people, you can see people's thought patterns," says Dunn. "When do you ever really get to have that vision? In a field. You think, what are people doing these days? What are they thinking about? What do they wear? How do they act?"

10.Light and Dark

10/19

You might think this girl was in a surly mood, but Dunn doesn't. "I don’t think she was mad. She just had this awesome attitude: 'I'm a teenager, I'm trying to figure out my world, this is my festival outfit.' She's just got this half-light on her one blue eye in the sun, and that made her look super intense."

11.My First Festival

11/19

Pictured is the daughter of Dunn's assistant, who's 14. "She had a painting of animals around her neck, and this sign, and we got to learn about all this other stuff at the festival that we obviously weren't doing, through these kids," Dunn says. "She said she got a lot of hugs. And I said, 'Well, you're pretty fucking adorable, I thought you might.'"

Later, she had her first crowd surfing experience: "Her mother is going 'No, no no,' and I'm going, 'Do it do it do it!' So during Arcade Fire, her and her friends, they got some 20-year-old boy to pick 'em up and they crowd-surfed for the first time. She said it was the best day of her life. She came home and she made collages of the brochure and she drew pictures and she sewed patches. For a week, she did things about this festival. It really changed her life."

12.Blondes & Bears

12/19

"Her earrings are made out of Budweiser cans," Dunn explains. "She had a thing on the back of her head that was a flower made out of Budweiser cans. And she had crazy shorts. She went for it in a big way, so I was just responding to her crazy look."

As for the ursine character on the right, his costume was handmade, says Dunn. The American Eagle t-shirt underneath -- wasn't.

13.Hipster Scarf, I Will Wear, Hmm?

13/19

"There were definitely a lot of young guys attaching strange things to their backs," says Dunn, "from dolls to GI Joes." She feels the young guy was kind to equip Yoda with a scarf: "It does get chilly at night."

But the Yoda backpack was indicative of another trend. "You see these young guys that are wearing chick's clothes, wearing things and doing things that they could never get away with in real life. Young teenage boys have a lot of judgment on them about their self-expression, peer-wise. At these festivals, they can just go for it."

14.Wigging Out

14/19

"It was getting to that magic hour of the day where the hot sun is going down and the field starts to erupt and people start to get a little more crazy," Dunn recalls. "This was at that moment. They were loving me taking their picture, and they were dancing around like crazy. Then he just picked up this girl -- and I don’t even know if he knew this girl, because he was with another girl -- so maybe that's why her expression was that way. But her phone matches his hair."

15.Playground Love

15/19

"They were just so cute together and the light was really nice. They were just cuddling and listening to the Black Keys. It was sweet."

16.Budding Shutterbug

16/19

Here, Dunn encouraged a young lady with her own analog camera to follow in her footsteps, a little bit. "Often, especially girls, ask me 'How did you get that job?' you know? This girl was standing in the pit and she asked, 'Can I go in here?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, go for it.' And she said, 'Really?' I said, 'Listen, you're a pretty young girl. Just fucking go wherever you want until someone tells you not to.' She was shooting pictures and I watched her whole face light up."

17.Hot Chip / Hot Day

17/19

"I was just shooting through the crowd to shoot people in the distance kind of exploring," says Dunn of the image at left. "I liked the isolation of these characters through this black. I was doing a bunch of that because the light was really special right then and it wasn't really a massive crowd."

The fan on the right had a spot along the front barricade, waiting all day for Muse to perform. "He was really excited, and it was still three bands before Muse," she says.

18.Baby Bros

18/19

"These two just look like a throwback. Timeless faces, timeless clothes," says Dunn. "They were kind of tough, though. They were secretly psyched that I’m taking their picture, but they have to act like they're not, kind of thing, because they're young. I could be their mom."

19.Tiny Dancer

19/19

"I was shooting through the crowd and she was dancing with a friend," says Dunn "When you can be in beautiful nature and listen to awesome music, it's perfect in every way. And she was just expressing that."

For more information on Cheryl Dunn, visit her official site.