Inside Don Lawver Nirvana In Utero Era Photos + Unearthing 400,000 Negatives
Over the past 40 years concert photographer Don Lawver has shot nearly half a million photos of hundreds of the world's biggest acts around the world. With over 400,000 negatives spanning 238 genres, Lawver's collection is one of the world's largest collections of live color concert photography, many of which have never been seen until now. We are excited to showcase four new prints from Don Lawver featuring Nirvana in 1993 as the trio of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl played in Lakeland, Florida. Read on for the story behind these photos and be sure to snag the 3-print set or a unique edition featuring Kurt Cobain on metal while you still can . . .
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"I'm always searching for visuals that not only emanate from the artist(s) themselves but have to do with lighting and where it evolves from and the angles and the spotlights. At this particular show I immediately noticed that behind the performers there were angels being used as props. When the show started I realized they were using full stage screens and at times the angels were illuminated by one full color and the 3 alternating colors seemed to be yellow, green and red. That’s when I decided to line up dead center in front of Cobain and wait for it to look as if he was wearing the angel’s wings. I then waited for the screen to become solid red because the wings were mostly green and I liked the contrast. The color combination was visceral and that’s when I nailed the shot." - Don Lawver
Visit News.1xRUN.com to read our full interview with Don Lawver as he talks about these iconic Nirvana photos, his massive 400,000 slide archive and more . . .
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Don Lawver picked up a Nikon camera in 1976 and never stopped photographing. A four decade career produced some of the most incredible moments captured on film. Don's portfolio of concert photos encompasses over 400,000+ negatives and spans 238 genres and subgenres. There is something magical for every music lover in this collection. With help from Beaumonde, Don is opening up his collection for viewing, archival, and purchase.
At age 16, Don bought a ticket to a Led Zeppelin concert in Tampa, Florida. 9 songs in, 1 incredible rainstorm, and then a riot later, he left with his musical soul transformed after viewing what he recalls as Rock Gods. His addiction and hobby would lead him to a 40 year career on the road, photographing some of the world’s biggest artists. Truly, Don produced a catalog on an epic scale. The depth and magnitude of his photo collection offers a fascinating look into four decades of music, stardom, and fashion.
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