'The Ultimate Metallica' Australian Exhibition; Photos Available

METALLICA photos taken between 1985 and 2010 by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin are being displayed at Halfin's first-ever Australian exhibition until November 20 at Blender Gallery in the heart of Paddington, a mecca for art and culture in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Halfin also signed copies of his newly released book, "The Ultimate Metallica" (Chronicle Books), this past Saturday, November 13.

Photos of the signing session as well as METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich's personal tour of the exhibition can be found at RossHalfin.com. More pictures are available at the Blender Gallery Facebook page.

Halfin has documented METALLICA for nearly 25 years, from their beginnings as a scrappy, furious garage band to their current status as the heaviest and most popular metal band in the world. Featuring a foreword by Ulrich and an afterword by guitarist Kirk Hammett, "The Ultimate Metallica" collects the best of Halfin's amazing images, taken over the years with access granted exclusively to him as the band's main lensman. His candid photographs — taken on stage, backstage, on and off tour — are supplemented by text from many people close to the band, including managers and music writers, plus some colorful personal observations from Halfin himself.

Ulrich says of Halfin's work, "He just gets right the fuck in there. . . . Every drop of sweat, every molecule of saliva, every out-of-place nose hair, it all gets captured cuz he's just fucking there."

Ross Halfin has toured with and photographed many bands, including IRON MAIDEN, DEF LEPPARD, KISS, THE CLASH, SEX PISTOLS, and THE WHO. He lives in Surrey, England.

For more information, and to order the book, go to this location.

(Thanks: Carl Alvarez)


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