Dolly Parton: Wembley Arena, London, 19th March 2007
To document the tribalism of music fans, in 2004 photographer James Mollison began traveling around the U.S. and Europe to photograph fans outside concerts. During the three year project, entitled “Disciples,” Mollison photographed some 500 fans and was struck by how much the fans emulated their pop star idols. The project has since been published as a book James Mollison: The Disciples.
Over three years I photographed fans outside different concerts. I was fascinated by the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulated celebrity to form their identity. As I photographed the project I began to see how the concerts became events for people to come together with surrogate ‘families’, a chance to relive their youth or try and be part of a scene that happened before they were born.
50 cent: The O2 Arena, London, 10th November 2007
The Casualties: The Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK, 10th August 2007
Madonna: The Forum, Los Angeles, 21st May 2006
Oasis: Manchester Stadium, Manchester, UK, 3rd July 2005
Missy Elliot: Hammersmith Apollo, London, 28th November 2005
Rod Stewart: MEN Arena, Manchester, UK, 4th July 2005 & Earls Court, London, 20th December 2005