Perou has been photographing Marilyn Manson since a 1998 magazine cover shoot. Twenty-one years of collaborating have resulted in this unique book, featuring over 350 photographs including previously unpublished work, conceptual portraits, onstage and informal behind-the-scenes images, giving a rare insight into Manson’s world. The book reads as a visual journey of the pair’s individual and collaborative histories. As Perou writes, “a collection of fragments in no specific order; as confused as I have been for much of my time in Marilyn Manson’s company. Some visual clues that I use to remember where I’ve been and what I was doing.” The accompanying text is formed from conversations between the two discussing the work and their friendship: funny, honest, warm and at times a raw reflection on their individual histories and collaboration. Of his favourite subject, Perou muses, “Probably all music photographers wanted to be in a band ... I’ve always enjoyed dressing up and used to enjoy being the center of attention. Sometimes that’s been a problem; when you turn up looking cooler than the ‘talent’ but I never turned up looking cooler than Marilyn Manson, ever.” Manson reflects, “I became automatically comfortable around you and that’s the most important part.” This rapport and mutual respect for each other’s artistry is evident in the work. Perou is the only photographer Manson has ever really trusted, which emanates through the photographs in 21 Years in Hell.
British photographer Perou (born 1970) is one of the world’s leading portrait photographers. He has worked with many famous bands, artists and personalities such as Al Gore, Gillian Anderson, David Attenborough, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Damien Hirst, David Beckham, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, the Spice Girls, Tracey Emin and U2. He has been the premier photographer of Marilyn Manson since a 1998 magazine cover shoot.
272pp; hardback; 322 x 245mm / 12.5 x 9.5 in.