The world-renown rock scene photographer, Ross Halfin, recently posted a series of Metallica photos from four years ago and reminisced the trip he took to The Great Wall of China with Metallica while sharing a rare photo of himself with the Hammett and Hetfield.
There is no doubt that Ross William Halfin is one of the most famous rock and roll photographers of all time. He has been working in the rock and metal scene since 1976 and has had the chance to photograph numerous legendary bands such as Metallica, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Black Sabbath, and many more.
Ross Halfin has been working with Metallica since the beginning of the ’90s, and in October 2020, he had posted some rare photos from the recording sessions of the band’s best-selling album, their fifth studio album ‘Metallica’ or ‘The Black Album,’ which was released in 1991.
Bearing in mind that their relationship goes way back, it should not be surprising that Ross Halfin would often accompany the band during their tours around the world. Metallica started their WorldWired Tour back in November 2016, and on January 15, 2017, the band performed in Beijing, China. It would obviously not be a proper trip to Beijing if the band didn’t visit the Great Wall of China which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ross Halfin was there with the band members and had the chance to photograph them at this beautiful historical and cultural site. He recently posted some of his shots on his Instagram account and included one of himself alongside James and Kirk ‘doing our very best Chairman Mao.’ Lars Ulrich also posted some photos from that day and cherished the times when he got to travel the world alongside his bandmates.
This is what Ross Halfin said about his experience visiting the Great Wall of China with Metallica:
“4 years ago today in a very cold China at The Great Wall with Metallica. A few photographs, the last one is James, Kirk, and myself doing our very best Chairman Mao. Well, when in China … #rosshalfin #metallica #greatwallofchina”
Here’s what Lars Ulrich said in the caption of his Instagram post:
Four years ago today, north of Beijing.
📸 by Ross Halfin”