Bowie Duffy: Five Sessions
Artist(s): Brian Duffy
Author(s): Kevin Cann, Chris Duffy
Year published: June 2014
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 204
Illustrations: Includes 50 colour and 50 b&w illustrations
4 in stock
Brian Duffy defined the image of the 1960s, and was as famous as the stars he photographed. Together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, he is recognised as one of the innovators of “documentary” fashion photography, a style which revolutionised fashion imagery and furthermore the fashion industry.
Duffy’s most famous photograph dates from the 1970s and is the iconic and revolutionary cover of David Bowie’s album Aladdin Sane, a shot that became the defining look of Bowie’s long career, and has been referred to as the Mona Lisa of pop. The photographer and the rock star collaborated on four other projects: Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) and Lodger. They worked together during the pivotal years of Bowie’s career; when the king of glam was assuming and discarding extraordinary personas, Duffy was capturing them all.
Written by David Bowie’s biographer Kevin Cann, this book includes anecdotes and stories from those attending the shoots – Tony Defries (Bowie’s manager at the time of Ziggy Stardust); Celia Philo (designer) & Phillip Castle (airbrush artist) from the famous Aladdin Sane shoot; Francis Newman (Duffy’s studio manager); Nick Roeg (film director); May Routh (costume designer) from The Man Who Fell to Earth; Geoff McCormack (musician and Bowie’s childhood friend); Derek Boshier (art director of Lodger); Natasha Korniloff costume designer for Scary Monsters; and Duffy’s son Chris who also worked on the Scary Monsters session. Included are many unseen images and behind the scenes photographs.