A R C H I V E S | new dedicated blog.

A brand new online archives of my photographs dating from 1986 – the present day is now set up on its own dedicated blog with 20 new gallery pages: A R C H I V E S

"About" page from the Archives Blog

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Domain Website Galleries Updated

My domain website has now been fully revamped with 4 new galleries. This is a new streamlined version designed by my good friend Neil Chenery. Each thumbnail opens into a full size image that is fully captioned including URL links to my Photoshelter Archive where further images from the same series or body of work can be viewed.

New Splash Page

Gallery 1

Gallery 2

Gallery 3

Gallery 4

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T A B L E T S now shipping

The first 4 sets of  T A B L E T S are now ready for shipping. This initial wave includes Surfer Rosa #1, Nimrod’s Son, Spike and Monkey Gone To Heaven. Please go here for the info.

Shown below is Surfer Rosa #1

This is the Tablet Edition Surfer Rosa I by Simon Larbalestier. This photograph was used on the cover of the 1988 LP Surfer Rosa by US band the Pixies. One of a finite and exclusive worldwide limited edition of 2,000 Tablets, it measures 90mm x 72mm x 23mm and is supplied in a bespoke presentation box which contains the Tablet and a hand-signed, individually numbered certificate of authenticity, which includes Simon Larbalestier's personal recollections of the story behind this classic image.

This is the Tablet Edition Surfer Rosa I by Simon Larbalestier. This photograph was used on the cover of the 1988 LP Surfer Rosa by US band the Pixies. One of a finite and exclusive worldwide limited edition of 2,000 Tablets, it measures 90mm x 72mm x 23mm and is supplied in a bespoke presentation box which contains the Tablet and a hand-signed, individually numbered certificate of authenticity, which includes Simon Larbalestier's personal recollections of the story behind this classic image.

This is the Tablet Edition Surfer Rosa I by Simon Larbalestier. This photograph was used on the cover of the 1988 LP Surfer Rosa by US band the Pixies. One of a finite and exclusive worldwide limited edition of 2,000 Tablets, it measures 90mm x 72mm x 23mm and is supplied in a bespoke presentation box which contains the Tablet and a hand-signed, individually numbered certificate of authenticity, which includes Simon Larbalestier's personal recollections of the story behind this classic image.

This is the Tablet Edition Surfer Rosa I by Simon Larbalestier. This photograph was used on the cover of the 1988 LP Surfer Rosa by US band the Pixies. One of a finite and exclusive worldwide limited edition of 2,000 Tablets, it measures 90mm x 72mm x 23mm and is supplied in a bespoke presentation box which contains the Tablet and a hand-signed, individually numbered certificate of authenticity, which includes Simon Larbalestier's personal recollections of the story behind this classic image.

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Pixies retrospective exhibition catalogue available for PDF download

Snap Galleries has now updated my exhibition page on their website with prices for all 39 images offered for sale (in three edition sizes) and you can now download the catalogue as PDF here

Pixies Exhibition Catalogue

Me outside Snap Galleries, Piccadilly, London, 17th April 2010. © Guy White

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Tablets: Limited Edition Miniatures

To coincide with the opening of my London Pixies retrospective 1986-2009, Snap Galleries are introducing a brand range of Limited Edition images in the form of Tablets.

What is a Tablet ?
Tablets are a completely new kind of exclusive, limited edition, freestanding collectible. Each one is a miniaturized three dimensional artwork, small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. Tablets do not require framing and so are ready to display straight out of the box. They sit perfectly on desks, bookcases, shelves, and cabinets; in fact, they look good anywhere. Tablets make ideal gifts and souvenirs.
The inaugural releases from Tablet Editions feature four important photographs from the archives of British photographer Simon Larbalestier, the man who made the photographs that appeared on the sleeves of all the albums released by cult US band the Pixies in the late eighties/early nineties. Produced in finite and exclusive worldwide limited editions, Simon Larbalestier’s Tablets are supplied with a hand-signed, individually numbered certificate of authenticity, which opens out to reveal Simon Larbalestier’s detailed personal recollections of the story behind each classic image, and features rare session image(s) to accompany Simon’s text.

Please click here for pricing and ordering details.

Nimrod's Son Tablet Edition: dimensions 90mm x 72mm x 23mm, engraved on the reverse, supplied in bespoke presentation box with individually numbered,hand-signed certificate of authenticity, which opens up to reveal the story behind the image. A finite and exclusive limited edition of 2,000 Tablets worldwide.

Surfer Rosa I Tablet Edition: dimensions 90mm x 72mm x 23mm, engraved on the reverse, supplied in bespoke presentation box with individually numbered,hand-signed certificate of authenticity, which opens up to reveal the story behind the image. A finite and exclusive limited edition of 2,000 Tablets worldwide.

Monkey Gone To Heaven Tablet Edition: dimensions 75mm x 75mm x 23mm, engraved on the reverse, supplied in bespoke presentation box with individually numbered,hand-signed certificate of authenticity, which opens up to reveal the story behind the image. A finite and exclusive limited edition of 2,000 Tablets worldwide.

Spike Tablet Edition: dimensions 75mm x 75mm x 23mm, engraved on the reverse, supplied in bespoke presentation box with individually numbered,hand-signed certificate of authenticity, which opens up to reveal the story behind the image. A finite and exclusive limited edition of 2,000 Tablets worldwide.

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Pixies’s photographic retrospective exhibition to open in London, April 2010

Snap Galleries will host a major retrospective of my Pixies’ photographs in London opening April 17th until 29th May 2010. Further info can be found here

© Simon Larbalestier/Snap Galleries

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Pixies Minotaur Launch Party Press Release

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Minotaur, the definitive Pixies’ Collector’s Sets, was already an extraordinary package when it was first announced, but with more content added, it’s even better.

Now, weighing in at about 25-pounds with a custom clamshell container that resembles the Monolith from the classic film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” new additions to the Limited Edition include Blu-ray and DVD discs that are mastered for 5.1 audio surround sound at 24/192 and 24/96, respectively, and two-channel stereo; five, 12-inch albums cut from the original analog tapes and pressed on 180-gram virgin vnyl; a faux fur hardcover 96-page fine art book of Oliver and Larbalestier’s project artwork printed on high-quality paper that measures 22 X 14″, and two frameable, 48″ X 36″, double-sided, fold-out, four color wall posters. In addition, all 3000 copies of the Limited Edition sets will be individually numbered and hand-signed by all four members of the Pixies and Vaughan Oliver.

Minotaur’s Limited Edition already includes all five of the Pixies’ studio albums on 24k gold-plated CDs and Blu-ray discs, a DVD and Blu-ray of the band’s previously unreleased 1991 performance at London’s Brixton Academy, all of the group’s videos, a 54-page book of brand new art created by the award-winning and legendary Vaughan Oliver (the graphic designer who created all of the artwork that accompanied the Pixies’ studio albums), and a 22″ X 14″ frameble Giclee print of a stunning photo taken exclusively for Minotaur by Pixies’ photographer Simon Larbalestier, the photographer for all of the band’s original albums.

Contents for the Deluxe Edition will include all five Pixies studio albums – Come on Pilgrim (1987), Surfer Rosa (1988), Doolittle (1989), Bossanova (1990), and Trompe le Monde (1991) – on the following formats: 24K gold-plated CDs; DVD and Blu-ray discs mastered for 5.1 surround sound at 24/192 and 24/96, respectively, and two-channel stereo; a DVD and Blu-ray of the Pixies’ 1991 performance at London’s Brixton Academy, now also mastered for 5.1 surround sound at 24/192 and 24/96 respectively.

Minotaur will be available for pre-order starting today, June 15, 2009 at www.ainr.com.

The Minotaur Deluxe Edition will retail for $175, while the Minotaur Limited Edition will be priced at $495; both will ship directly to the purchaser between late-September and mid-October.

“It’s beyond my expectations. I thought it was going to be your typical box set, but it’s monstrous, I’ve never seen anything like it.” — Pixies’ David Lovering

The Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement. They recorded five studio albums between 1987 and 1991, creating a body of work that spawned many alt/rock radio standards, and influenced countless subsequent bands, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Radiohead.

Minotaur was spearheaded by Jeff Anderson, founder of A+R (Artist in Residence), who has put together expansive and eye-catching collector’s sets for Nine Inch Nails, Beck, and Sigur Ros.

Nearly a year ago, he took the first steps towards what would reunite what some have called the 4AD Records’ “dream team” – award-winning graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, gifted photographer Simon Larbalestier, and the music of the Pixies. What soon followed was the idea of Vaughan Oliver.

“I know people who used to buy the vinyl records from 4AD, they didn’t even know who the band was, they just bought the vinyl so they could have the artwork of Vaughan Oliver.” — Pixies’ Kim Deal

After discussing the project with Anderson, Oliver came up with an intriguing idea.

“I said, ‘That was then, this is now. Why don’t we do a whole new body of work? It’s all born of the same lyrics and albums -it would be evolving the ideas we had in the original packages.’ I worked with the same photographer who I worked with back then, Simon Larbalestier. If there were a ‘fifth Pixie,’ it would have been Simon – his work so suited what they were doing. Simon’s gone out and shot a whole new body of work. He was a bit panicked at first, he said, ‘The old sleeves – with the topless Spanish dancer, the red planet – have become iconic.’ I said to Simon, ‘Don’t be scared. Icons are there to be shot down. There’s the challenge. You’re 20 years on, you’re a better photographer. Let’s take all those same inspirations and create a new body of work.’ Subsequently, he’s shot some amazing images that I think will surpass what we did first time around.”

Now, nearly 20 years after the release of the Pixies final studio album, Oliver, recognized as one of the most innovative graphic designers of the past thirty years, and Larbalestier are using the same music as inspiration, but applying a 21st century perspective to create a complete new body of art and designs for Minotaur’s Deluxe and Limited Edition uber-sets – the outer casings, CD, vinyl and DVD sleeves and the inside boxes that house them, the four-color, hard- and soft-bound fine art books, the two oversized wall posters and more.

Oliver, working as designer-in-residence at the UK’s University of the Creative Arts in Epsom, Surrey, enlisted some of his students to work on Minotaur. The students experimented with typography in a spatial and expressive fashion using work as image, information as illustration, using a wide variety of techniques and materials (including construction nails), to create stunning and unconventional graphic responses to Larbalestier’s photography. Oliver also had one of his students sketch images from the original album covers, creating the only reference to the original artwork.

Oliver has given Minotaur a total feel, a total look, rather than a disparate quality of putting into one box five album packages that were designed at different times under varying circumstances.

“This was an opportunity for us to go back through the themes and the ideas that we’d covered at the time of the five albums, and treat them in a deeper, more substantial way,” explained Oliver. “There was the benefit of retrospect.”

Additionally, Larbalestier approached his photography from a completely different perspective for Minotaur than he did for the original Pixies’ album covers.

Explained Oliver, “For Minotaur, Simon used very different techniques. For his original photographs, he shot exclusively in a studio using a large format camera for what he called a ‘forensic approach,’ everything was very controlled. This time, he used a point-and-shoot digital camera and shot mostly on location. His new work is full of power, it carries a very strong visual poetry. Simon has the ability to imbue the inanimate with emotion, with sensibilities.”

“We realize we have a unique relationship with Vaughan. He’s the only person outside of the band who has ever been allowed to represent the band in any way, and we’ve given him carte blanche to do that.” — Frank Black

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Pixies Minotaur Box Set Revealed

This is a somewhat late posting but on the 15th June the Pixies’ Minotaur Box Set was revealed in a private launch party held at the Village Underground, in Shoreditch, London. Spreads from the forthcoming box set were hung on the walls and the Pixies played a special set. My own photos documenting the setting up of the show, closeups of the spreads and the band members themselves will be posted later on my blog once I’ve had time to edit the files. For now here’s a link to the contents of the Minotaur Box Set.

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