Photographer based out of Portland, Daniel Cronin has made the annual pilgrimage to Illinois for the five day horrorcore music festival since 2010. Cronin's recently released book, published by Prestel, 'Gathering of the Jugglaos' focuses on three of Cronin's consecutive visits between 2010 and 2012.
Named the most controversial festival in the world, the ICP (Insane Clown Posse) festival has a reputation for drink, drugs and violence. With the Juggalo group branded by an official FBI identification as a 'loosely disorganised group of criminals' and publicised links to more than one occasion of murder, this American subculture has had its fair share of bad press. Unfortunate but deservedly so, black metal and the Juggalo subculture has suffered under prejudices elicited by the actions of certain disturbed individuals. However Cronin's 'Gathering of the Juggalos' is less of a piss filled bottle attack at Tila Tequila and more an unflinching look at a rap themed mecca, complete with a ferris wheel and as much Faygo juice your body can handle.
Cronin casts an honest and intimate view of the Juggalo group, slipping into the camaraderie and community of the festival. Cronin does not sensationalise or take a bias view, his interest in the Juggalo subculture is evident and genuine. With a disregard for the scandal which circulates this festival, Cronin's focus doesn't glare at the drug taking and violent behaviour, yet is not dismissive of these activities.
Instead the attraction for Cronin is the unique individuals and their sense of unity toward their love for music. Unified by black and white face paint, tattoos and beer swigging, the Juggalo's are an unapologetic, DIY culture of devotion.
Surprisingly quiet and tender 'Gathering of the Juggalo's' is an unflinching look at a group of outsiders and individuals, a united entity against mainstream America, loyal to their one love, the Insane Clown Posse.
— Sophia Wise