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    Sale 5871

    Popular Culture: Rock & Pop

    1 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 32

    Pink Floyd

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    Pink Floyd
    Jill Furmanovsky
    Dave Gilmour - The Wall, Nassau Stadium, New York, February 1980
    Iris print circa. 1999, signed, titled, and numbered AP1 in pencil in lower margin -- 33x46.8in. (84.1x118.9cm.) To be sold without copyright

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    In an interview Dave Gilmour comments on his feelings towards Rock 'n' Roll photography 'We were always incredibly uncomfortable, with photo-sessions. We tended not to use pictures of ourselves on the album covers, partially due to our discomfort with photo-sessions', he elaborates, 'I like live shots. They are the most effective shots because they're the only ones that show you doing what you do rather than posing for a camera.'
    The image was voted number 47 in the 100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Photographs by Q Magazine in 2002; commenting on the photograph Jill explained that ...On that particular February night, doing what you do (referring to Gilmour) meant risking life and limb, playing guitar while blinded by the full glare of a spotlight, perching precariously atop an alarming high wall whose basic design required that it should be very easy to knock down.

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    FURMANOVSKY, Jill THE MOMENT, London: Paper Tiger, 1995, p. 122-25
    Q Special Edition The 100 Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Photographs, London: emap, 2002, p.110