Rare photos of Jimi Hendrix are released as NFTS – Essex Magazine


In 1967, Jimi Hendrix was at the height of his abilities when he walked into the London studio of American photographer Donald Silverstein awaiting the release of his second album, Axis: Bold as Love. What emerged was a lightning-fast relationship between artist and photographer, resulting in some of the most charismatic and comforting images ever captured of one of the world’s most influential musicians of all time. The creative relationship between Hendrix and Silverstein is underlined by an image of the couple touching foreheads.

Two images from the session are particularly famous: Hendrix’s iconic open-shirt image released as a poster by his label, Track Records, and would go on to be heavily bootlegged for years to come; and a portrait of Hendrix flanked by his bandmates Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell was used as the gatefold image of the album ‘Axis: Bold as Love’. But despite these remarkable photos, very few of the recordings – twelve rolls of film with dozens of images – have ever been seen.

A selection of unseen footage from the shoot will be released in three episodes, the first of which will be available here starting Sunday, November 27, in celebration of Hendrix’s 80th birthday. Drops are:

Drop 1 – Enigma. The image of Hendrix and Silverstein touching foreheads is divided into 101 custom 1 puzzle pieces, each a unique dynamic NFT that transforms when clicked. Each figure has rare properties that increase their collectability. Each piece costs 0.080 eth (about $90 / £76) and is available on the OpenSea platform.

Drop 2 – Collaboration with artists. The Silverstein family estate collaborates with 80 artists from a variety of disciplines, with each artist creating a new piece of art based on images from the shoot, which are sold as NFTs. Artists so far confirmed to participate include enigmatic street artist duo The Postman, graphic designer David Carson and multidisciplinary artist Anna Kondo.

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Drop 3 – Special 1 of 1 NFT: A selection of 27 unseen images from this shoot will be released as 1 of 1 pieces. These will be available to private collectors, galleries and museums.

Donald Silverstein (1934–1975) first entered the world of photography when his mother gifted him a Rolleiflex camera. His talent was evident from an early age and he got his first break with Glamor in the US when he was just 19 years old. A year later she was recruited by Alexander Lieberman, the renowned art director of British Vogue, after which she worked for two years at French Vogue before setting up a studio in Riding House Street, London. Constantly in demand by fashion publications, newspapers and major advertising agencies, he was considered to be in the same category as David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, the leading photographers of the generation.

Despite his tragic untimely death, Silverstein’s iconic images of Hendrix would live on for decades to come. The story of both Silverstein’s life and his most famous shoots will be explored in an upcoming documentary from Lost Shoots, which specializes in establishing a Web3 legacy for timeless photography. And the legacy is an important aspect of the project: after years of receiving little or no recognition for the best portrayal of history’s most influential guitarist, Donald Silverstein is now getting the attention his work deserves.




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