New York born, London-based photographer Donald Silverstein was commissioned to photograph Jimi Hendrix in 1968. The resulting image featured on a hugely popular poster, originally included as a pull-out with Electric Ladyland, and remains one of the most famous and recognizable images of Hendrix.
This is, quite simply, one of the absolute all time classic photographs of the incendiary guitarist. "Iconic" is a very overused term these days, but in this instance it really is justified. It seems incredible given the importance of this image that it has never been available to purchase as a limited edition photograph before now, but that is the case.
Donald Silverstein died in 1975, and now, for the very first time, his estate are offering collectors the chance to own this image as a limited edition. If you remember the original 1960s poster, you will know that the contrast was cranked up to 10 – and it was difficult to pick out detail. Deliberately, the limited edition photograph has been left just as Donald Silverstein would have seen it originally, and I have to say that the fine detail is just exquisite. You can get a sense of that from the image alongside.
This is such a key piece. If you are an established collector, you really need this! If you are thinking about taking the plunge on something special in 2013, then what a great place to start. There are four different size choices, from 16×20 inch (40x50cm) paper right up to a monster 6 ft (1.8m) high version. If you are going to purchase one, my advice is definitely "Go Big" – as big as you can fit on your wall. The 30×40 inch paper size would look incredible, and the big six foot high version would dominate a room (in a good way). I know, I know, its just after Christmas and there are all kinds of reasons why you don’t want to buy something now, but think about it for a second…
…No space? Lose a mirror. Seriously – isn’t it better to look at this?
…No money after Christmas? We can help. If you want to pay by installments we can work something out with you.
…Too much to eat over the holiday period? What better way to shed a few pounds than to take inspiration from Mr Hendrix’s incredible abs ? Buy the limited edition photograph, frame it and hang it on your wall; put some Jimi on very loud, put your exercise mat on the floor under the photograph and crank out the sit-ups until you look like this.
Hope we can tempt you – I know you won’t regret it.
You will find full details of prices and sizes here.