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David Belisle has been a tour photographer for many years now, largely working with legendary band REM (and recently the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). In 2008 he published a book of photographs called REM: Hello (Chronicle Books, $30) that recounted the many years he traveled with Michael Stipe and crew (originally as Stipe’s personal assistant). Here, Belisle tells the story behind one of his favorite photos from touring—and not a single instrument is to be found. The image will also be the lead photo in a solo show at the Leica Gallery in Solms, Germany later this year:

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