Nirvana's Photographer Kirk Weddle Recalls The Day In Pasadena He Shot Nevermind's Cover (Plus Rare Photos)
I am proud of that image. It a great shot, I think it holds up. I just don't talk about it too much.
Did it open any interesting doors for you?
Yeah absolutely, I got quite a bit of work from it.
Work from any other bands?
I have [shot other bands] but none of them had success like Nirvana. The Nevermind album was so successful. It was a perfect storm. Nirvana changed music and fashion. They were so popular... and at the height of their success Kurt commits suicide.
Another untimely addition to the dreaded '27' club. Beside underwater photography, environmental portraiture is your other specialty. Which do you prefer?
I like them both. Underwater photography is much harder. The models can't breath and they can't see. I can't talk to the model, so it's a difficult and very slow process. On a commercial shoot, I cast models underwater to see how they can handle it. Shooting celebrities underwater is pretty dicey. From a technical stand point, shooting underwater digitally is way easier than film. It used to be such a bitch to stop shooting and change cameras or load film.