NEW Zealand based photographer Henry Hargreaves noticed that artist’s riders usually contain strange or quirky demands regarding the food and drinks requested. He decided to turn these demands into a Photo Project called Band Riders

So as he could allow us to catch a glimpse into the Backstage lives of some famous artists

Lady Gaga

These Riders were very comprehensive, full of items and details, so he decided to choose a few but representative ones.
He teamed up with stylist Caitlin Levin to compose the Rider items and described each photo using the accurate words and spelling found in the Riders.

In his Project description we read:

“The rider is a series of requests a band or musician makes when playing a show. It typically outlines how they want their equipment to be set up and arranged through to how they want their dressing room organized and what food and drink they require.

These requests range from the low maintenance to the outrageous.

What attracted us to do this series was the way their requests manage to say something about the performers personality that words struggle to and how we can identify with them through food and drink.


 the catering riders themselves can be pretty Comprehensive

We initially thought I would try and shoot the whole list of items but quickly realized that this would become an exercise in spending money and waste.

So we decided to edit down and focus on the quirky and unique requests and how some of these things may be juxtaposed.

New Kids On The Block

Working closely with regular collaborator Caitlin levin we wanted to show these riders in a beautiful, noble and timeless way.

The idea to show them in a Flemish Still Life manner was because we felt that there was a direct connection between the themes in the paining of time passing and mortality with the musician’s time in the fading limelight and the short span they would have to be able to make these demands and have them fulfilled..”


‘Band Riders’ is a collaboration between Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin, Τypography Lorenzo Fanton

Britney Spears

Links: Henry Hargreaves, Band Riders Photo Project

Van Halen
Frank Sinatra
Billy Idol
Mariah Carey
Foo Fighters
Al Green
Axl Rose
Marylin Manson
Busta Rhymes


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