The images featured in the exhibition were captured by Bowie’s childhood friend Geoff MacCormack
The images set to be displayed were captured by Geoff MacCormack, a childhood friend of Bowie who, in the early 19070s, was asked to join the expanding lineup of his band, the Spiders From Mars. (NME)
MacCormack was selling advertising space for a construction paper at the time he was asked to join Bowie and the Spiders. After agreeing to be a part of the group, he set off on a three-year tour playing in various iterations of Bowie’s backing band and, crucially, took dozens of photographs.
MacCormack’s favourite images come from the period he spent with Bowie in Santa Fe in the United States, when he starred in The Man Who Fell To Earth.
A photograph from the photo session for David Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane has been gifted to the V&A as it announced record visitor figures for its world-touring David Bowie is exhibition.
The V&A said that the archive of the late photographer Brian Duffy had donated a print of a colour transparency image, from the photo session that led to one of the world’s most recognisable album covers.
The gift celebrates a milestone for the V&A’s Bowie show, which will welcome its 2-millionth visitor during its run at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the final stage of a world tour that began five years ago.
But David Bowie Is ends in triumph anyway. The floor-to-ceiling screens showing live footage are genuinely awe-inspiring, a final room collects together umpteen examples of how his influence has leaked not just into music but everyday life: fashion, packaging, video game design, advertising. As it turned out, the plan about communicating ideas that Bowie outlined in the Beckenham Arts Lab proposal seems to have worked out perfectly.
The exhibition David Bowie IS is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie one of the most influential performers and visionaries of modern times. Over 300 exhibits including the original handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photographs, set designs, album covers and rare performances of material that cover five decades of the artist’s activities collected and exhibited, for the first time in absolute and exclusive in Italy, from the David Bowie Archive.
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The multimedia experience of the project shows introduced with Sennhieser cutting-edge technology, joined to stage productions and video installations and original video animations, it is designed to lead the visitor in an emotional journey through the artistic influences that the same Bowie cited as formative.2.-Publicity-photograph-for-the-Kon-rads-1966-1