The drummer was recruited to Iggy's band as the former Stooges frontman recorded his acclaimed new album Post Pop Depression with Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme, and he came armed with his camera.
Helders' shots now feature in a new exhibition based around the photographs Andreas Neumann took as he captured Iggy and his band at work and play in the California desert, where Homme has a studio.
The photography show debuted in Detroit, Michigan on 7 April (16) and launched at the Mr. Musichead gallery in Los Angeles on Wednesday (27Apr16). It will now hit galleries throughout Europe as Iggy and his band take their Post Pop Depression tour overseas.
Helders, who spent three weeks living at Homme's fabled Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, California, while recording Post Pop Depression, says, "Other than contributing musically I wanted to tell my side of the story with photography. My main intention was to just shoot in a documentary style and to not be in everybody's face with a camera all day. I think that's how I was able to capture
"First and foremost I was there as the drummer, but I would always have a couple of cameras within reach. At the time, I didn't know what story I was telling, that was the nature of the whole record. We were making a record on the premise that if it was bad or we were just not happy with it, nobody would ever hear it and we’d bury it in the desert.
"A place like Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree is full of backdrops, landscapes, beautiful light. For me, it was important to
show the fact that we were somewhere so special for this very unique experience."
Helders and Neumann's photographs will also hit galleries in Berlin, Paris and London.