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Q: Where is this picture from? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Where is this picture from?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: assimil8or-ga
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Posted: 21 Nov 2006 12:55 PST
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Question ID: 784582
Where is this picture from?

I saw this picture in the movie Equilibrium and would like to know
where it originally comes from. (A high-res link would be cool as
Subject: Re: Where is this picture from?
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 21 Nov 2006 13:39 PST
This image became famous when it was used in an advertisement for
Maxell. The photographer was Steve Steigman, and the photo is called
"Blown Away." Musician Peter Murphy, of the group Bauhaus, is the man
in the photo.

"In the 1980s, Maxell became an icon of pop culture when it produced
advertisements popularly known as 'Blown Away Guy' for its line of
audio cassettes. The original campaign began as a trade ad in 1978 and
was made into TV spots in 1979 which ran throughout the 1980s. Steve
Steigman was the photographer... The ads depict a man sitting low in a
(le Corbusier) high armed chair (on the right side of the screen) in
front of, and facing, his stereo system (on the left side of the
screen). His hair and necktie, along with the lampshade to the man's
right and the martini glass on the low table to the man's left, are
being blown back by the tremendous sound from speakers in front of him
? supposedly due to the audio accuracy of Maxell's product."

Wikipedia: Maxell

This is the highest-resolution image I've found online (1064 x 752):

Blown Away 

A poster-size art print is available from Respree and other sources:

Respree: Blown Away

Maxell was giving away free "Blown Away" posters earlier this year. I
can't guarantee that you can get one now, but it's probably worth a
try. Info here:

Polk Audio: Maxell "Blown away" Poster Give away

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "blown away" steigman

Google Image Search: blown away steigman

I hope this is precisely what you need. If anything is unclear or
incomplete, or if a link doesn't work for you, please request
clarification; I'll be glad to offer further assistance before you
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