Last July I shot portraits of gospel legend Mavis Staples–with another Chicago favorite, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy–for a Bob Mehr penned feature in the November issue of Mojo. The duo have quite a rapport together that was really fun to document. Tweedy produced Staples’ new record, You Are Not Alone.
This was not the first time working with any of these folks. Before he relocated to Memphis to write a music column for the Commercial Appeal, Mehr lived in Chicago and wrote for the Reader, where we collaborated on a bunch of articles, including a Wilco cover story and a 2004 piece on Staples. The picture below was shot in Mavis’ home for that 2004 article. I want to be like her when I grow up.