BEHIND THE LENS | Jesse Frohman on Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Run-DMC, Joan Jett & More

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It’s been just over twenty-six years since the world said farewell to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. He is perhaps most vividly memorialized through the skilled lens of Jesse Frohman, the photographer behind the band’s legendary last session. For the seventh episode of Morrison Hotel Gallery’s Behind The Lens Instagram Live series, Frohman offers fans an intimate glimpse inside his exceptional body of work including but not limited to iconic portraits of such artists as Cobain, Chris Cornell, Joan Jett, James Brown, Run-DMC and Nick Cave among others.

Please tune in Thursday, April 9 for this special storytelling and Q&A session. We go live at 2pm PDT | 5pm EDT or check back in on Friday afternoon when the full episode will be made available for streaming exclusively at

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While earning a degree in economics at the University of Michigan, Jesse Frohman picked up a camera and never put it down. When he returned to New York, he had no formal training or experience, but he did have a portfolio of platinum prints, which caught the interest of legendary photographer Irving Penn, who hired Jesse to manage his studio.To the techniques and aesthetics he learned from Penn, Jesse added his own sensibilities of strength, dignity and quiet energy, all of which are evident in his pictures.

Jesse has photographed countless celebrities and still-lifes. In addition to his extensive work for magazines, advertising, and recording companies, he has been commissioned to create two award-winning books, each showcasing bodies of work which also appear in many private collections.


Rolling Stone says, “As the coronavirus pandemic causes many musicians to turn to the internet, a gallery…Morrison Hotel Gallery’s…is doing the same.”

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