Photographer Mark Seliger on taking the last known pics of Kurt Cobain
Famed photographer Mark Seliger revealed exclusively to Page Six how he took one of the last known photos of Kurt Cobain weeks before his death.
Working with Cobain for the promo for “In Utero,” Seliger took the famous shot of him surrounded by doll heads. The fotog said: “He was actually very easygoing and had a lot of fun with it. He seemed to be in great spirits. Two months later, he was gone.”
Recalling working with Nirvana on a Rolling Stone cover shoot a year earlier, he told us: “They often wore white T-shirts with the names of local bands from Seattle, and I was trying to avoid that. I asked Dave [Grohl, the band’s drummer,] and Krist [Novoselic, bassist,] not to wear these shirts, and they got off the van snickering. Kurt … was wearing his signature cardigan sweater and opened it up, and his shirt read ‘Corporate magazines still suck.’ I had to go back [to the editors] with that picture, and I felt like I had messed up — but they loved it, and it ran as is.”
Seliger is working with Christie’s to auction off limited-edition prints to raise funds for COVID-19 relief organizations.
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