Who Shot Rock and Roll

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Photograph by Albert Watson courtesy of Who Shot Rock and Roll

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LL Cool J photographed in 1992.

"When he came in he said he wanted a very simple shot. He said he didn't want to be doing something he didn't do normally. 'I'm a pretty serious person,' he said. But he also said not to make it as a passport picture. Well, I was fairly good at doing passport pictures that looked quite important. The lighting is the secret. I've shot rappers for years and I always got along very well with them because I was direct. In fact most of them would come into a shoot thinking I was black." -Albert Watson

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