Back Lot Music has released the original The Photograph soundtrack, which features an original score by multi-GRAMMY winning recording artist Robert Glasper, as well as two new songs by recent GRAMMY nominee Lucky Daye and GRAMMY winning artist H.E.R. The romantic drama, starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, arrives in theaters nationwide on Valentine’s Day.
The warm, rich and sophisticated jazz music that suffuses almost every frame of The Photograph was exactly what writer-director Stella Meghie had envisioned to accompany the film’s visual aesthetic. She says she couldn’t think of any better choice to capture that vision than Robert Glasper.
“I met Robert at one of his shows two years before we worked on this film and I told him that I wanted him to score the film,” Meghie says. “He completely exceeded my expectations in the way he pulled the music into the story in such an emotional way.”
Glasper had similar sentiments in working with Meghie on The Photograph soundtrack: “It was an honor to be a part of this amazing film. Working with Stella was great. She allowed me to completely be who I am musically without compromising her vision. It was the ultimate win, win!”
The film’s producer, Will Packer, agreed that the way Glasper weaved the story together with the music was brilliant. “One of Robert’s gifts is his ability to evoke emotion,” Packer says. “He makes you feel something when you combine his music with picture. His rich, soulful music not only tells you how to feel, but it informs you how to view some of the decisions that the characters make. He just gets the way that mood, music and cinema all interweave together and the fact that each one is very important.”
Packer added: “The film takes place in two different time periods, two different cities and with very different energies and vibes, so the music had to be our great connector. It had to be the thing that pulls it all together and to interweave the story, just like the narrative. The songs became part of the narrative and helped to augment it. With a movie like this, one where you want to really feel something, music is essential.”
The Photograph Soundtrack Tracklisting:
Fade Away – Lucky Daye
Tempted – Erykah Badu
Michael Helps Mae
Michael Sees Mae
After the Storm
Comfortable – H.E.R.
On Valentine’s Day, Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure, Little) and LaKeith Stanfield (FX’s Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) connect in a romance where a woman must learn from the secrets in her mother’s past if she is to move forward and allow herself to love and be loved.
When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Rae) hurt, angry and full of questions. When a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box is found, Mae finds herself on a journey delving into her mother’s early life and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with a rising-star journalist, Michael Block (Stanfield).
From writer-director Stella Meghie (The Weekend, Jean of the Joneses) from her original screenplay comes a sweeping love story about forgiveness and finding the courage to seek the truth, no matter where it may lead you.
The Photograph is produced by Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, and by James Lopez, president of Will Packer Productions. The film is executive produced by Meghie, Erika Hampson (co-producer Late Night, Life Itself) and Rae.
The film also stars Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne) as Mae’s young mother Christina, Y’lan Noel (HBO’s Insecure) as Christina’s secret love, and Rob Morgan (Mudbound) as Isaac Jefferson, a New Orleans fisherman with a mysterious connection to Mae’s mother.