Date: December, xx
page: 138 title: Anthony Mandler Exposes Another Side Of TOOL author: Christopher Scapelliti You've just been asked to shoot one of metal's fastest-rising bands for a cover story in a national magazine. There's just one little hitch: The group doesn't like to be photographed. And, by the way, you can't show the band members' faces. Such were the daunting terms Anthony Mandler agreed to when he shot this image of Tool for Spin's June 2001 issue. Lateralus, the group's 2001 release, had just been recorded, and Tool -- Danny Carey, Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Maynard James Keenan -- were in Maine finishing up the mix when Mandler caught up with them. Jones quickly laid out the ground rules for him. "He wanted to make sure that, whatever ideas I came up with, I'd protected the integrity of the band," says Mandler. "You know, that I wasn't gonna throw them in a grimy hallway and shoot them, like Staind. That thing works for bands that have a definite image. But Tool are, I think, the pioneers of the anti-image; the more you reveal of them, the more it detracts from what they are." For this photo, Mandler veiled the group with a pane of frosted glass. "I came up with the idea of creating an opaque wall," says the photographer. "I wanted to create the sense of another world -- another space -- behind the glass, a sense that the viewer was getting a piece of the puzzle but not the whole thing." Mandler wasn't certain how the group would react to the shot. Jones, for all his preliminary directives, likes to speak "in abstract therms" says Mandler. "I had to go to my friend James Hawkinson" -- a cinematographer who had worked with Tool videos --" to learn how to talk to the group in their language, so that we could figure out between us what the images should be." And then there was the unpredictable Keenan. "We didn't know if Maynard was gonna show up in drag, or in kabuki make-up," Mandler says, laughing. "But it turned out great, and the guys loved the photo's. To this day, it's one of the most challening shoots I've ever done.
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