This Years Model
This original print features the next shot on from the cover shot for Elvis Costello's 1978 album, This Years model.
Limited Edition of 50
Signed and numbered in pencil by Chris Gabrin
Archival Lambda Photograph
Also available at a large size in an edition of 8
About the Work
"By the time I took this picture I had already photographed Elvis a dozen or more times. As his career took off I watched his confidence in front of the camera grow. In those days every single had a picture sleeve, so by the time this album came, we had done several sleeves together and Elvis was relaxed when working with me. The concept of him behind a camera had already been chosen, so I decided to equip Elvis with exactly the same tripod and camera as I was using to create a 'mirror' for him. Alongside a powerful stereo I kept a large record collection at my Camden Studio, and artists would choose music they enjoyed or were interested in for their sessions. Just as we were about to start shooting, Elvis asked me if I had Hotel California by The Eagles, and could I play it? I was puzzled by his choice - until he told me that he loathed the record, but wanted to look really pissed off and angry in the shots! We played the record several times during the session and whilst I directed him, I was also aware of his copying some of my own actions as I took the photographs. This picture was only recently discovered, and is the frame next to that used for the album sleeve. It has never been published before."
On show here is the small print (see images for scale) but a larger print is available in an edition of 8 - just contact Hypergallery through CultureLabel if you are interested.
Published by Chris Gabrin
Design and artwork by Chris Gabrin
Image size: 14.50" x 14.50"
Paper size: 16.00" x 20.00"