Under the moniker the Cobrasnake, the photographer Mark Hunter captured the party scenes of Los Angeles and New York during the hipster-glam heyday of the 2000s--and in doing so, defined the look of a generation.
First with a Polaroid and then with a digital camera, Cobrasnake captured pioneers of youth culture from Kanye West and Steve Aoki to Jeremy Scott, Katy Perry, and Lindsay Lohan--icons of the indie pop world in the making. Intimately connected with the people around him and keyed in to the edgier fringes of the fashion, music, and art worlds, Hunter photographed influencers before they were influencers, in the wild and at play on the streets of L.A. and New York to Coachella and beyond.
Collected here for the first time are more than 300 of Cobrasnake's most iconic images, alongside ephemera, from concert tickets and backstage passes to outtakes and unseen photos from his many adventures. These photographs are records of the last generation of partyers to predate the livestreaming of culture afforded by today's social media--perfectly depicting the energy and vibrancy of a time before Instagram.
About The Author
Mark Hunter is a photographer who under the moniker of the Cobrasnake chronicled the party scenes of Los Angeles and New York in the 2000s. His work has appeared everywhere from editorials in Rolling Stone and Harper's Bazaar to advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein and Helmut Lang. He lives in Los Angeles.