Band Riders by Henry Hargreaves

Oreos and ice cream from the 'Band Riders' series by Henry Hargreaves.

“Häagen-Dazs ice cream, Oreo cookies” -New Kids on the Block

We’ve all heard the stories about band riders, from Van Halen’s legendary M&Ms request (no brown ones please) to Mariah Carey demanding a basket of puppies in her dressing room, but have you ever seen one?

Photographer Henry Hargreaves, along with work partner, chef and stylist Caitlin Levin, has visualised selected requests from some of the biggest artists in the business. Using a Flemish still life setting, a selection of items from each artists’ rider has been beautifully styled, lit and shot to recreate the Flemish style.

From Busta Rhymes’ 24 pieces of fried chicken, a condom and Guinness to Britney Spears’ framed photo of Princess Diana, each bizarre request is visualised perfectly, reflecting each personality and revealing a little more about the artist than they might like to.

To see more of Hargreaves and Levin’s work, visit Henry’s website here.

Dom Perignon and sliced bread from the 'Band Riders' series by Henry Hargreaves.

“Fresh Wonder Bread (white), Dom Perignon” – Axl Rose

A glass of champagne with a bendy straw from the 'Band Riders' series by Henry Hargreaves.

“Cristal Champagne, bendy straws” – Mariah Carey

Eggs, bacon and sausages from the 'Band Riders' series by Henry Hargreaves.

“Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day, please be prepared!” – Rihanna

Words by Clare Potts. Images property of Henry Hargeaves and Caitlin Levin.

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