You might not know Alice Wheeler, but you'll probably recognize a few of the photographs she's taken of some of her more famous friends. I knew of her work before I met her because I was obsessed with Nirvana. She took some of their very first black-and-white band promo shots back in 1988, and portraits of the band for their first album, Bleach, in 1989.
In Outcasts and Innocents, her brand-new book, photos of Kurt Cobain fit comfortably in between shots of female musicians like Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland, L7, Team Dresch, and Neko Case. But portraits of unknowns light up the book's pages even more. Drag queens and kings, teenagers, Juggalos, riot grrrls, feminists, and anarchists. There's a guy who lit himself on fire at a house party in Tacoma just for fun, and topless women protesting the World Trade Organization.
"The book is about rain, rock, and revolution," Wheeler said. "It's also about women claiming their voice, power, and right to participate."
Outcasts and Innocents, with a foreword written by Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna, is available now from Minor Matters Books.