Nirvana graced the cover of SPIN Magazine’s October 1993 issue with this close-up photo of the band featuring the half-cropped face of Kurt Cobain.
The photo session took place in July of 1993 in New York City with photographer Frank W. Ockenfels III behind the camera. Mark Blackwell, who at the time was Senior Editor of SPIN Magazine sent me this never-before-seen Polaroid of Nirvana taken as a test photo during the cover shoot. The photo which had been sitting in a box for over 20 years has the creases where the Polaroid was folded to approximate the eventual rectangular cropping of the cover. Check it out…
When asked how he came up on the now historic Polaroid of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic Blackwell said,
“I have no idea how I wound up with the Polaroid, I just always kept everything, tons of mementos from those days, things from photo shoots, interviews, etc., I just stumbled across the Polaroid recently and figured I’d put it out there rather than letting it sit in a box unseen”
Coincidently, this same photo session also produced one of the most reproduced images of Kurt Cobain. The iconic image of Cobain below has been used in countless posters, t-shirts, magazines and Nirvana merchandise.
A big thank you to Mark Blackwell for letting us use the Polaroid and sharing it with Nirvana fans around the world.