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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hideously Rare Syd Barrett Autograph - 1/67

Check out this hideously rare Syd Barrett photo; a circa 1967, by photographer Irene Winsby. Winsby shot Pink Floyd in January, 1967 for the British tabloid News of the World, for what turned out to be an expose on drug use by pop groups. She first photographed them at a rehearsal, but band manager Peter Jenner thought the band looked too under-the-influence, and so Winsby returned the next day to shoot them under more controlled (and sober) circumstances. This is an original print shot on the second day, which has been boldly signed in ballpoint pen by Barrett in the lower right corner.

A few years ago, English photo archivist/dealer Mark Hayward discovered 25 of Winsby’s lost photographs of Barrett and Floyd in an album of vintage prints. This was the only signed print found, and indeed, is the only original signed photograph of Barrett we know of that has surfaced to date. Winsby’s Pink Floyd photographs were published in 2011 as part of a limited edition book titled “Barrett,” which documented Barrett’s creative output, and was published with the full participation of the Barrett family and Hayward. To commemorate the publication of "Barrett," an exhibition of Syd Barrett's work was held at London's Idea Generation gallery this past March.

The print measures 8” x 10 1/8" and is printed on pebble-textured photographic paper. It is in overall near-excellent condition with some light spotting, and vertical glue lines on the reverse from having been stored in an adhesive photo album (not visible on the front.) This will frame beautifully. With Recordmecca's written lifetime guarantee of authenticity, and a handwritten letter of provenance from Mark Hayward. Truly unique.

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