Behind the Shot: ZZ Top

Behind the Shot: ZZ Top

Paul Natkin, Chicago’s foremost music photographer, shines a light on the stories behind some of his most famous shots for Trope’s Behind the Shot series.

They’re three really hilarious characters, and they’re known for their beards. I was doing a cover shoot for a magazine, and there was a scissors laying on the table. Dusty [Hill] just picked up the scissors and grabbed Billy [Gibbon’s] beard and threatened to cut it off. It was just this moment of pure wackiness. Every moment with them is pure wackiness. There’s never a moment where they were serious.

ZZ Top

Paul Natkin’s first book, Natkin: The Moment of Truth, is now available. This 288-page, casebound monograph, priced at $55 USD, contains work covering every music genre, from jazz and country to punk, blues, rock & hip hop.

Natkin: The Moment of Truth slipcases

Also available in five exclusive paperboard slipcases featuring some of our favorite images from the book. These limited-edition slipcases are only available on – grab your favorite before they're gone!