Steve Birnbaum is a director, photographer, and music explorer. When he combines all these passions, he creates photos that “revisit music history one picture at a time.” He selects photos of famous musicians and finds the exact locations where they were shot. He overlays prints with their locations, creating entirely new photos that sometimes touch us deeply as we look at them.
For his project, Steve used photos of icons like Bob Dylan, Joan Jett, Nick Cave, Roger Waters, and many others. He recently visited a now abandoned Hollywood Heights house where Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love lived in 1992 with their daughter Frances Bean. As he writes on Instagram, he thought for a long time about whether or not to share these photos. But eventually, he decided to give it a go.
The photos show “someone who looked genuinely happy, far removed from what would later happen less than two years after these were taken,” as Steve describes them. And since they were superimposed in an abandoned house that used to be a home, it gives them an additional dose of emotion and sadness.
Steve also shared a video of his wanderings through the former Cobain family home, and it’s both eerie and super-emotional at the same time.
Take a look at more of Steve’s photos below. Find your favorite musicians, and make sure to follow him on Instagram for more of his work.