Donald Silverstein’s revealing portraits of Jimi Hendrix open up new angles on the legend.
The Stardust gallery’s latest exhibition is devoted entirely to Donald Silverstein’s photographs of Jimi Hendrix, taken in London in 1967, three years before the star’s untimely demise. Silverstein’s portrait sessions with the young rock star produced some of his most iconic images: the same images that still paper teenage bedrooms and uni dorms today. And yet, until last year, the majority of the photographs from Silverstein's sessions remained unpublished. The Stardust’s exhibition includes not only the famous, instantly recognizable portraits, but also more candid and intimate snapshots, taken in moments of hesitation or adjustment: Hendrix checking his hair in a hand mirror or smoothing his jacket. The show provides a rare view on the delicate and deliberate work of crafting a star’s image, as well as revealing a more self-conscious Jimi Hendrix than we’re accustomed to seeing.