Known for his work as an advertising
and performing arts photographer, Michael Lavine captured
the look and the feel of the Beastie Boys during the Check
Your Head era and in turn showed it to the world.
Although the honor of having photographed the cover of the
Beastie Boys 1992 release was given to Glen
Friedman, Lavine photographed the definitive series.
Photos from these Check Your Head photo shoots later
were used as promotional 8 X 10 prints that were sent out
in press packets. The fact that fans have begun to snap
up and collect these frame worthy black and white photographs
has lead to higher price on eBay, as well as a growing interest
in each photographer from Ari
Marcopoulos to Michael Lavine.
If you also happen to be a fan of
the early 1990s Seattle based music scene, you perhaps already
are familiar with Michael Lavines photographs of Nirvana.
Having graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia,
Washington, Lavine found that he was right in the middle
of a music revolution and proceeded to photograph the entire
thing. Through Michaels 1996 book Noise from the
Underground: A Secret History of Alternative Rock a
person can obtain a feel for what it was like to be in the
close presence of those influential bands before they each
reached critical mass. Fellow Beastiemania.com Whos
Who alumni and former Black Flag lead singer, Henry
Rollins wrote the introduction for this incredible
testament to what we now refer to as alternative rock music.
Having established himself as a photographer within pop
cultures favorite step-child, alternative music, Michael
Lavine began to branch out and work with trendy publications
like Details magazine. From there it was only a matter
of time before corporate America discovered his talents
put them to work in advertising. One of the first big contracts
Lavine earned was with computer giant IBM. Following that
outing one job lead to the next and shortly thereafter Lavine
had assembled a client portfolio which included the likes
of the telephone company Sprint to show manufacturer Converse.
Today Michael lives and works in New York City and is accessible
through his sharp looking website.