Metallica and Ross Halfin release The Black Album photography book

Metallica The Black Album in Black & White
(Image credit: Ross Halfin | Metallica The Black Album in Black & White by Ross Halfin | ISBN | published by R|A|P /

Exit light, enter… Ross Halfin, who is collaborating with legendary heavy metal band Metallica on a photography book to celebrate one of the most iconic rock records of all time, The Black Album.

Released in August 1991, the album has sold over 30 million copies and has just turned 30 years old – and to mark the  anniversary, Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White is being released with a collection of classic and unpublished photographs of the band between 1991-1993.

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Halfin is an iconic photographer in his own right, and in addition to working with Metallica since 1984, has shot everyone from Led Zeppelin and Kiss to Van Halen and Iron Maiden. 

Not only was he on hand to photograph the album sessions at North Hollywood's One on One studios, he joined the band on its subsequent 300-date tour and shot thousands of rolls of film capturing rehearsals and performances, backstage moments and band meetings, unique portraits as well as candid moments during travel and interviews.

"We would always go to places and do pictures and we would stop wherever we felt somewhere had a vibe," says Halfin. "You have to realize with Metallica, it’s always about the vibe."

Many of the images are being published for the first time, but others will be familiar to fans of The Black Album

(Image credit: Ross Halfin | Metallica The Black Album in Black & White by Ross Halfin | ISBN | published by R|A|P /

"Ross came to the studio at different stages and every time we took a ton of pictures," said guitarist Kirk Hammett. "And some of those pictures ended up being the black portrait shots that came with the album."

Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White by Ross Halfin is published by Reel Art Press 
(ISBN: 978-1909526-76-1) and is available now in hardback priced $49.95 / £39.95 (approximately AU$66.82). For further information and full list of stockists visit

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.