Photographer Robert Davidson has spent the better part of half a century searching for his lost Frank Zappa negatives.
In the summer of 1967, the nineteen year old photographer was commissioned to shoot Frank Zappa in his London hotel room to promote an upcoming concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Zappa let him in upon arrival and proceeded to use the toilet. Robert seized the opportunity and immediately asked through the ajar door if he could take his picture on the throne – Zappa obliged.
This set of images, commonly known as the ‘Phi Zappa Krappa’ pictures almost immediately gained cult status, a sentiment echoed by Zappa himself in 1983, when stating, “I’m probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else that I do.” The proliferation of this unconventional image, with poster reproductions reaching into the millions, has propelled this intimate portrait of Zappa into the fabric of pop culture.
Fifty years on, Robert Davidson and his negatives were re-united. As a result, for the first time, Robert is able to offer signed limited edition photographs to collectors.