From Beyoncé to Sinatra: Photos of the food and drinks stars demand

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Brooklyn-based photographer Henry Hargreaves is a master of still life photography. His Band Rider series—made in collaboration with Caitlin Levin—is one of my favorites. Using a Flemish painting style, these photos portrait the food and drink that many famous artists demand in their shows, from Beyoncé Knowles and Frank Sinatra to Britney Spears and Busta Rhymes.—J.

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The rider is a series of requests a band or musician makes when playing a show. It typically outlines how they want their equipment to be set up and arranged through to how they want their dressing room organized and what food and drink they require. These requests range from the low maintenance to the outrageous. What attracted us to do this series was the way their requests manage to say something about the performers personality that words struggle to and how we can identify with them through food and drink.

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The catering riders themselves can be pretty comprehensive. We initially thought I would try and shoot the whole list of items but quickly realized that this would become an exercise in spending money and waste. So we decided to edit down and focus on the quirky and unique requests and how some of these things may be juxtaposed.

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Working closely with regular collaborator Caitlin levin we wanted to show these riders in a beautiful, noble and timeless way. The idea to show them in a Flemish Still Life manner was because we felt that there was a direct connection between the themes in the paining of time passing and mortality with the musician's time in the fading limelight and the short span they would have to be able to make these demands and have them fulfilled.

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'Band Riders' is a collaboration between Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin. Typography by Lorenzo Fanton.

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Henry Hargreaves was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. After some adventures, he became a full time still life and fashion photographer in New York, creating awesome images for major clients, like Ralph Lauren, GQ, V, New York Times, Vice, or in personal projects like his bestselling books 3DD – a 3D Celebration of Breasts, and photo series like No Seconds, Band Riders, Deep Fried Gadgets.


This is part of a series in which we are featuring futuristic, alien-looking or just plain awesome images of landscapes, cityscapes, and objects. If you are a photographer with such work, please drop me a line here.

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Van Halen's request for M&Ms but absolutely no brown ones was a device used to ensure a venue read all of the contract/safety regulations. The part about no brown M&Ms was buried in a passage about the set design and how to ensure the safety of the crew and band. If they received M&Ms and the brown ones were included, they knew the venue staff had failed to read what could be important safety text.