PINK FLOYD’s First Photoshoot Took Place Half Century Ago

Pink Floyd - first photoshoot

50 years ago in London, photographer Colin Prime took the first promotional photos of Pink Floyd. The photoshoot took place in Ruskin Park.

Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Richard Wright were sitting on the benches posing. Mason recalls:

“Photographer Colin Prime was commissioned by Blackhill to take some of our first publicity shots. This session took place in Ruskin Park off Denmark Hill. ”

Photographer Prime commented: “All the guys were in high spirits at the time (Syd was performing cartwheels) but quite laid back, so after some slightly more formal shots I experimented and came up with these images.

One of the photos from the shoot was also used by Barrett to create a silhouette illustration of the band which was used as the back cover of the group’s debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Photos by Colin Prime

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