Michael Schmelling likes music. In fact he’s the only photographer I know who has a Grammy, which he won for his album art on Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born – it’s the album with the egg on the cover.
Schmelling’s newest book is all about Atlanta’s music scene. “It’s one of the capitals of hip hop,” says Schmelling. “It’s a city that drives the genre. It’s a lot like Nashville in a way.”
Atlanta began with Aquemini, which is to say that Schmelling’s book began as a much smaller project about Outcast’s 1998 album calledAquemini, and grew into a sweeping portrait of the city’s ever-evolving music scene – the hopefuls and hangers-on, the new kids and OGs.
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