Chris Cuffaro | Greatest Hits: Jane's Addiction
September 15 - October 1, 2022
Chris Cuffaro's photography career is as defined by his love for music asit is by his artistry. Growing up in Northern California, Cuffaro first shot local rock shows, and then quickly graduated to headlining acts, eventually moving to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, where he worked with some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. The explosive Los Angeles music scene in the late eighties led Cuffaro to Jane's Addiction, first seeing them play at UC Santa Barbara in 1989. Struck by the energy, charisma, and musicianship of the quartet, Cuffaro went on to document the band on the road, backstage and behind-the-scenes until their dissolution in 1991.
Greatest Hits: Jane's Addiction, brings us to Cuffaro's first shoot with lead singer Perry Farrell for Exposure Magazine in 1989. This shoot entailed the now-infamous photo of Perry Farrell posing as Jesus Christ in bed, which the publication declined at the time. This led to a re-shoot, where Cuffaro suggested painting Farrell silver, which resulted in glistening photos of the lead singer that are now ubiquitously associated with the band.
"I will always be grateful for the trust they gave me so that I could get the best photos ever. They let me shoot whatever I wanted and never put any restrictions on me. The best part of this time was the music & all the experiences that I had. I'm so lucky I got these photos to remember it all." - Chris Cuffaro