Chris Cornell’s response to a member of his management team allegedly threatening to revoke photographer Ross Halfin’s ability to photograph the late Soundgarden singer has been revealed by Halfin. Halfin wrote:
As there is a new Chris Cornell album out. I originally went to photograph him at A&M studios in Hollywood . I emailed him and his management (And I’m not talking about Vicky Cornell or Manager Ron Laffitte – who I have a good relationship with) 70 photos and heard nothing , after a month or so I chased it and the office assistant said “there might be 1 or 2” they liked.
So I emailed Chris “what’s wrong with the pictures ?”. He replied “Nothing, I like all of them , use any you like” . I forward his email to the assistant at management and get a reply which says “Chris doesn’t pick his pictures , I do and if you use any of these without MY APPROVAL you’ll never photograph Chris again” .
I forwarded it to Chris who replied simply “Ignore them – do what you want”. Sometimes employees of Management companies do have a habit of giving out ludicrous and threatening statements from time to time and getting above their status . And where do most of the pictures ultimately end up ? On the cover of an album. Go figure – and you know ? I’m really pleased they’ve used them.
The first shot on the drums is Chris doing his best Rick Allen impersonation , the second one is from Download Festival in the UK, The third one is in Phoenix with Audioslave, and the rest are from Plovdiv and the Royal Albert Hall and you know what? I still find it hard to come to terms with the fact that I’m not going to see him or photograph him again . #rosshalfin #chriscornell #noonesingslikeyouanymore