The official trailer for the photo book Metallica: The Black Album In Black & White, from Reel Art Press, can be seen below. 1991’s Metallica: the Black Album has sold in excess of 35 million copies worldwide. This coffee table book is a collaboration between Metallica and photographer Ross Halfin featuring classic and previously unpublished photographs chronicling the making of the Black Album and the 300 date tour that followed between 1991 and 1993.
Halfin is one of the world’s top photographers. He has been working with Metallica since 1984 and has traveled with the band to every continent and almost every country in the world, photographing all aspects of the band’s career: in the studio, backstage, on the road and at home. He has photographed almost every major artist and continues to work and travel as first choice photographer for the biggest bands in the world.
Fans can read introductions by photographer Ross Halfin, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo.
Lars Ulrich said:
“By the time the songs and the recording were coming together, the confidence level was at an all-time high and we felt better than ever about who we were and how we viewed ourselves with regards to being photographed.”
Halfin intimately documented the hectic performing schedule, backstage, rehearsals, interviews, band meetings and travel, alongside unique portrait shots of the band.
Kirk Hammett said,
“We wanted to give these songs and this album the highest profile we could give them, and Ross was ready and willing to do that. To this day, I still think he’s one of the best live concert photographers ever.”
Metallica have also shared a pro-shot video performing “The God That Failed” from their recent appearance at this year’s Aftershock festival.
Check out the clip below: