It all started in 1977. Hannes Schmid was discovered by Status Quo while taking a moment of break back in Switzerland during one of his travels for his photo-essays. His world with cannibals was transformed overnight with a keen eye on the fascination of Rockstars; their personalities, lifestyles and the impact they created while on stage and off stage.
During this time, he had documented hundreds of rock bands and became close friends with a few. His approach in photography took on a total different path while he was on stage. In the low, yet powerful light situation, Hannes created a series of works of the rockstars, merging the unique light setting with the powerful film he had. The result is a collection of photography that embodies focus, power and charisma called Blackstage.