New Pink Floyd photography book - more details
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 24 January 2008

Pink Floyd rex collection book On Sunday, we told you about the new book by Marcus Hearn, through publishers Reynolds & Hearn, called "Pink Floyd - Rex Collections".

A hotly anticipated book, it is a compilation of the best Pink Floyd pictures from the Rex Features archives, and we have some more information for you concerning this.

The publication date for the international edition is now much sooner, and thanks to Marcus, we have some insight into how much of Rex's archives were plundered, and we even have some examples of page spreads to whet your appetites...

Rex Features, London's top picture library for the performing arts, has long been a treasure trove of great Pink Floyd pictures. Having captured the band either in action, or posing for the camera, there are many great shots lurking in their archives.

Thanks to the work of Marcus Hearn, these archives are set to be revealed in this new book, being published in a German edition ("A Tribute To Pink Floyd. Live - Studio - Backstage. Fotografien aus der Rex Collection"), and an English-language international edition ("Pink Floyd - Rex Collections"), in March this year.  It is a hardback book, with some 160 pages packed with many rarely seen photographs.

Firstly, in a change to the information we based our previous story on, the international edition (Reynolds & Hearn's edition) is also going to be published in March 2008, not May, so the same as the German edition. The German Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf edition is a direct translation of the English language edition, with a slightly different cover. Also, the first edition is limited to 1000 copies, not 1500 as we previously understood.

We were naturally quite curious as to how much of Rex's archives were used. Marcus told us: "The project involved quite a lot of archaeology in Rex's archive. The contents are arranged chronologically from 1967 to 2007, and include some familiar pictures and quite a few which I don't think have been in print before.

"Almost everything from the pre digital age (ie everything prior to the Live 8 reunion) has been specially scanned and restored.

"I'm confident that the book represents the best of the Pink Floyd group material held in Rex's archive - i.e. we discarded quite a few variations on the pictures we included and we didn't use anything from the various band-members' solo appearances and performances. So, this collection represents a fraction of what Rex holds on Gilmour, Mason, Wright and Waters, but it's the majority of the Floyd pictures."

Below are some page spreads to give an idea of the book's layout. Click the thumbnails to see the layout in a larger format.

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This is the sixth volume in their series of rock photography books compiled from the unique archives of Rex Features, and should prove at least as popular as the preceding volumes have been.


You can order the German edition direct from Amazon Germany. They will ship the book worldwide. Alternatively, you can order the international, English  language edition from all branches of Amazon through these links: Amazon US/International, Canada, UK/Europe, France, or Germany. As a reminder, all Amazon orders placed after entering their sites using our special links, costs you nothing extra, helps with the running costs of this site, and we really appreciate it!