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The Last Photo Shoot of Kurt Cobain, 1993

Jesse Frohman is a world-famous photographer that has captured photos of some of the world’s most famous singers, actors and celebrities. One such example was photographing Nirvana in 1993 at the request of the Sunday Observer.

The photo shoot took place in New York as the band where due to perform at the famous Roseland Ballroom, with five hours allocated to the shoot to capture enough photos of each band member. The shoot was held in small hotel room where the band where staying as their manager requested and indoor shoot rather than outside.

Drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novocelic arrived on time for the schedule photo shoot but iconic frontman Kurt Cobain was yet to make an appearance. Cobain would eventually appear several hours later wearing a comical pair of Jackie Ohh sunglasses and asking for a bucket, as according to Cobain ‘’I think I’m gonna puke”

Frohman managed to capture some truly honest photos of Cobain, who looked very much the part of a rock star whilst still showcasing signs of the angst that haunted him throughout his life.

The photos are made even more profound by the fact that Cobain committed suicide only three months later, immortalising these images as his last ever photo shoot with his band mates.

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Here’s the contact sheets of the shoot back from the photo lab captured some amazing moments — some of Cobain’s last.

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain's last Photo Shoot

(Photos © Jesse Frohman. Courtesy of The Morrison Hotel Gallery, via Shooting Film)

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