Duffy / Bowie – ‘Five Sessions’
Chris Duffy & Kevin Cann
- Illustrates Brian Duffy’s five different photographic shoots with David Bowie, documenting Bowie’s career and pioneering reinvention, as well as Duffy’s special relationship with the artist over almost a decade
- Includes some of the most famous Bowie images together with out takes and rare shots
- Foreword by Sir Peter Blake
“Talking about a creative session is like talking about a boxing match. It happened because there was a little bit of magic in the room that night. I’ll say it myself, it’s a fucking great cover.” Brian Duffy
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, Duffy/Bowie – Five Sessions features anecdotes and stories from those attending the shoots – including Tony Defries (Bowie’s manager at the time of Ziggy Stardust); Celia Philo (designer) & Philip Castle (airbrush artist) from the famous Aladdin Sane shoot; Francis Newman (Duffy’s studio manager); May Routh (costume designer) from The Man Who Fell to Earth; Geoff MacCormack (musician and Bowie’s childhood friend); Derek Boshier (art director of Lodger); Natasha Kornilof costume designer for Scary Monsters; Edward Bell (artist); Steve Strange (musician) and Duffy’s son, Chris, who also worked on the Scary Monsters session. Included are many unseen images and behind the scenes photographs.
“It wasn’t until we saw the contact sheets the next day I remember thinking, God this is spectacular. You just knew you had cracked it, boy, did you know it.” Celia Philo
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At the start it actually mentions that the book was intended to be just a catalogue – well this is much more than a catalogue, it’s just over 200 pages too.
Also, there are 3 or 4 fascinating insights into their work together (I’ve still to read it all properly) and also about David Bowie that I never knew of and I’ve read quite a lot about Bowie over the years
All in all it’s a better than great book, well packaged with glossy photos of many of David Bowie’s most Iconic photoshoots including Aladdin Sane, Lodger, Scary Monsters and some behind the scenes photos of The Man Who Fell To Earth.
I’d recommend this book anyday….. Duffy Bowie : Five Sessions we salute you!!!! 🙂
What the press have said about this book…
“Of all the photographers David Bowie worked with in the Seventies, Brian Duffy may have had the most impact on the singer’s ever-changing image.” Rolling Stone
“Think of David Bowie and it’s likely that an image by photographer Brian Duffy will spring to mind. Duffy was pivotal in helping Bowie forge his changing personae and this book looks back at five landmarks in the singer’s career.” Harrods Magazine