British photographer Perou has worked with the likes of Tracey Emin, Tony Ward, Vivienne Westwood, Damien Hirst, U2, Led Zeppelin and many other top acts. But there’s one artist he has shot more than anyone, it’s Marilyn Manson.
Their collaboration started in 1998 when Perou shot Marilyn Manson for a Time Out cover. Twenty-one years of regular portraits, official imagery, backstage and personal photographs, captured in a beautiful new book published Reel Art Press.
“The last 21 years passing through Marilyn Manson’s stratosphere have been a blur: people, events, and places coming in and out of focus. The early years more disorientating than those that followed. Here’s a collection of fragments in no specific order; as confused as I have been for much of my time in Marilyn Manson’s company.” Perou said about this collection of historical moments in the life of Marilyn Manson.
Featuring more than 350 photographs depicting both behind-the-scenes and on-stage performances, and interspersed with personal notes, 21 Years in Hell traces the shock rocker’s constant visual reinvention, the most incredible and controversial tours around the world, and some of the most iconic official shoots of the band.
“I often get asked, ‘Who was your favourite person to photograph?’ or ‘Who is the best person you’ve photographed?’ It’s always ‘Marilyn Manson’. Which is just as well, considering how many times I’ve photographed him.” Perou said about his friend and visual subject.
The colloquial rhythm provided by the numerous quotes, makes for a stimulating, lively conversation between the two creative minds. Readers are able to dive into their intimacy, both a true friendship and a professional relationship. Testament to the trust Manson has in Perou’s ability to shoot him, he said: “But you know, it doesn’t matter how you capture it. I know that you’re a guy who likes to capture the moment. I knew your theory, which would later come to fruition for me as well. I don’t like when people take a picture – a shit ton of pictures and say “Oh I’ll fix it in the post.” That’s not your style. But I like that you never airbrushed out the scars on my face and stuff like that because it’s who I am.” The ability to capture Manson’s truth is apparent in this fantastic new book.
A signed, numbered limited edition release of 21 Years in Hell will also be available exclusively at reelartpress.com so real fans should get their copies soon.
Earlier this year, Manson collaborator and record producer Shooter Jennings described Manson’s upcoming album, the follow-up to 2017’s Heaven Upside Down, a “masterpiece.”. Will Perou be shooting its cover?