10 Rock Photographers You Should Know


Charles Peterson, Kurt Cobain at Raji’s nightclub in Hollywood, 1990 [via]

Charles Peterson

The work of Pacific Northwest native Charles Peterson is inextricably linked with Seattle’s late-’80s, early-’90s grunge scene and specifically the label that catalyzed it, Sub Pop. He is responsible for the most famous early images of Nirvana, as well as a slew of fantastic snapshots of Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and many other bands from the scene. Since that time, Peterson has expanded his subject matter considerably, shooting everything from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Istanbul to guys who play war games.

Peterson has put out a handful of books, including an entire volume on Pearl Jam, if you’re into that kind of thing. Those who want to know more about his grunge-era output will want to get their hands on Touch Me I’m Sick, a chronicle of the era that includes plenty of previously unpublished photos. A diverse collection of Peterson’s pictures are also on display at his website.