Kurt Cobain Photographer Jesse Frohman on Lensing an Icon
Apr 16, 2012 - by Jessica Lapidos
It Smells Like Teen Spirit down on Prince St. at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. This month, floor to ceiling prints of Kurt Cobain's most famous photos hang as a testament to the power of the legendary music and style icon. In November of 1993, photographer Jesse Frohman got a call from the London Observer Sunday Times Magazine to shoot the Nirvana frontman for the cover of the next issue. With a handful of his own clothing, Kurt Cobain showed up to the basement of a conference room on the day of his Roseland Ballroom show, and let his personality pour through Frohman's lens. Jesse takes us back to that day, where nerdy kid scientist t-shirts got cool, and Kurt Cobain nearly puked in a bucket. Teen spirit, indeed.
How long did you spend with Kurt Cobain for this epic shoot?
20-30 minutes max, but not by my choosing.
How did the styling go down?
He didnt really change much. He came with a few things in his hand. I put one thing on and another thing off. But it wasnt like, lets get him in the dressing room and style him up.