Not a live concert alas, though Pink Floyd played “Dark Side of the Moon” at Brighton Dome nearly thirty years ago before the release of the album. The story is that the sound system failed on one of those nights and the concert had to be abandoned; another show was filmed.
This is an exhibition of photographic prints by Jill Furmanovsky, Storm Thorgerson, Colin Prime and Tony Collins from the time of “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here”, informal shots from the studio recording sessions at Abbey Road and from open air festival concerts and the 1981 shows of “The Wall” at Earls Court. (I'm happy to admit to having enjoyed the latter back in 1981, of course including buying the t-shirt).
This exhibition is less than comprehensive, there are no images that are one hundred percent compelling but it does give us some informal views of the band members as individuals and plus some alternative images commissioned for the album covers.
In as much as photography is as much about access as technique, these informal images show the limitations of competent photography by an outsider compared to empathic photography by an insider.
Bands used to be about music and music only, to put it another way. Shows like “The Wall” changed that, as did MTV. Then the photos of the band members became interesting. This exhibition shows the ordinary life of the creators of extraordinary music.
If there is further connection of Pink Floyd with Brighton then unfortunately this exhibition does not make it clear, though it does seem David Gilmour owns a house and a famous beach hut in Hove.