Jimi Hendrix, 1968 © Donald Silverstein
Sexy news from the ever-groovy Snap Galleries. Gallery director Guy White says it so well, I'll just nick his blurb as usual.
Abs by Jimi Hendrix
"In 1968, New York born, London-based photographer Donald Silverstein (1934-75) created one of the most famous and recognizable images of Jimi Hendrix. It featured on a hugely popular poster, originally included as a pull-out with Electric Ladyland. 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.
Right now, for the very first time, Donald Silverstein's 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 above.
This is such a key piece. If you are an established collector, I think you are really going to want this. If you are a new collector, and are thinking about taking the plunge on something special in 2013, then this would be a truly great place to start. There are four different size choices, from 16x20 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" if space and wallet permit it. The 30x40 inch paper size would be a real showstopper.
I know, I know, it's 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? Here's how: 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."