Contratada pela Paper Magazine para realizar um ensaio fotográfico com o músico, Merri Cyr conheceu Jeff Buckley em 1992, dois anos antes do lançamento de Grace.
Em seu início de carreira em Nova Iorque, Buckley tinha 25 anos e havia acabado de assinar o contrato com a Columbia Records.
Buckley gostou tanto das fotografias tiradas para a Paper que chamou Merri para fazer as fotos de capa e divulgação de Grace e acompanhá-lo na turnê do album.
“Jeff allowed me to photograph him in an uncensored way: while he was playing, being interviewed, at dinner, at rest – everything. He wanted people to see his authentic self as opposed to a rock icon. I photographed him when he was angry, tired, pissed off – most of the time people don’t allow you to see those aspects of themselves, especially when they are in the process of being mythologised. I think he liked how I saw him through the camera – which hopefully was with empathy. He was very beautiful, but I think Jeff’s beauty wasn’t about his body, but his ephemeral brilliance. He was very inspiring, as an artist you wanted to be as good as he was”, lembra Merri, em um texto publicado no The Guardian.
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Cassiano Viana (@vianacassiano) é editor do About Light.