James Mollison

The Disciples


Born in 1973 in Kenya and brought up in England. Studied Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University, and Documentary Photography at Newport School of Art and Design. Worked in Italy on a project at Benetton’s creative lab, Fabrica. Currently residing in Venice and collaborating with the magazine Colors, The Guardian, El País, Le Monde, and i-D magazine, among others.

Over the course of three years, James set up a photography set at the exit to concerts given by Arctic Monkeys, The Cure, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, 50 Cent, Iron Maiden, Elton John, Tom Jones, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, George Michael, Morrissey, Oasis, Dolly Parton, Iggy Pop, Prince, Radiohead, Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart, Take That… He made portraits of the different groups of die-hard fans, tribes and followers who attend these concerts, creating a fascinating social document, ethnography in its pure state, where we see how fans try to emulate and mimic their idols’ manners and dress, bedecking themselves in the particular style of their chosen apostle.


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