The (music) disciples: By dress shall all men know…

Photographer James Mollison came up with a pretty fascinating photographic concept here. He set up a photo booth outside concerts from 62 different artists, and snapped shots of the bands’ fans. Turning them into a coffee table book called The Disciples, and providing a little bit of a surface level analysis of different sub cultures. I like it.

Here are some samples.

George Michael


Marylin Manson


Via The Atlantic.

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2 thoughts on “The (music) disciples: By dress shall all men know…”

  1. Seems like just an attempt to find some fans that look sufficiently like the artists… I really like the Cure, but heck, I don’t dress like Robert Smith.

    1. I thought maybe an attempt to demonstrate that people will dress like the artist as part of an attempt to belong to a “tribe”… I suspect the comment is more on what people will do when they congregate with others from that tribe, in the presence of the tribe’s messianic figure. I see no reason to dress like the bands I like, because I see no reason to belong to their particular sub-sub-culture, it doesn’t mean I don’t like the bands, but it does mean I’m not a “disciple” of that band, or its associated culture – some artists (like the Insane Clown Posse) make the bar a little higher by essentially instructing their fans to dress and act in a particular way. I think that’s interesting from a sociological perspective, and I think these photographs capture something interesting about the way we try to belong, and the way we create associations with people of influence. What would be interesting would be doing a percentage breakdown of the number of people at each gig who dressed like the singer – that’d be a measure of the artist’s stickiness. Or something.

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