Jamie-James Medina has been following around The XX, taking their pictures. The end result of this is the first issue of The Tourist his series of half book/half zines. Limited to 500 copies, The XX: Looking in From the Dark, feels like a traditional zine more than a book, printed on inky newsprint like, as Medina pointed out, Maximumrockroll . Though he has spent a great deal of time with the group, that nod to zines of the past gives it the feeling of obsessive fandom as much as intimate portraiture. Medina gave us his favorite selections from the zine, along with a few shots that didn’t make it. Those, and a few words from the photographer about the project, are after the jump. Pick up a copy of The Tourist here.
How did you link up with The XX?
I’d just finished a project photographing American music legends— Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Ornette Coleman, Etta James, etc. That was a difficult project and I really needed to follow it up with something young and new and British. I’d known Caius, their manager, for years and just emailed him—a week later I met them in Manchester and two weeks after that I was with them for the start of their US tour in Baton Rouge, LA.