David Bowie Images: Musician, Actor and Artist
David Bowie was a musician and actor whose career spanned over 40 years. He was known for his innovative style, including his flamboyant costumes and makeup. Singer David Bowie achieved success in the United Kingdom and the United States, with chart-topping albums and singles. In addition to his music career, actor David Bowie starred in several films throughout his life. Photos of David Bowie are known to be some of the most iconic images of all time.
David Bowie: the name conjures images of spacemen to man-beasts, a feeling of tension that might or might not heralded from this world. As you scroll down Proud Galleries online catalogue and view prints, you get a good idea to the changing landscape that David Bowie portrayed through his striking style and musical expressions. Images of David Bowie are increasingly gaining in popularity, when celebrities try for the "new" outrageous costume red carpet walk or an alter ego, an expression of opinion or sexuality, well you can be pretty sure that David Bowie did it first in some way or the other.
Amongst the photographs that have captured David Bowie, photographer Brian Duffy captured some the most recognisable and legendary images of the artist. The lightning bolt of Aladdin Sane album cover, is one the most recognisable images of pop and rock music ever and now referred to to as ‘The Mona Lisa of Pop’. When David Bowie passed away in 2016, social media was filled back to back of fans copying the famous image on themselves. The images of David Bowie London 1973 where captured by Duffy, it marks the conspiring of two of the greatest artists combining to produce a photo - an iconic image that has become a totem in its own right.
Proud Galleries hosted a David Bowie exhibition to celebrate the collaboration of Duffy and David Bowie back in 2013, it showcased the last signed work of Duffy, celebrating a collaboration with star David Bowie that covered a period of 8 years and 5 photographic sessions, which constantly helped the singer reinvent his ever changing look and styles, from the Ziggy Stardust days through to Scary Monsters and the start of the 80’s.
Proud Galleries are now set to host their next exhibition featuring Bowie captured by Markus Klinko. The date is to be announced and will be featured at Proud’s photography gallery London located at WC2N 6BP.
David Bowie Photos and Pictures
Klinko photo-graphic studies have captured many artists; Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, and Iman (Bowie's wife). He ended up working with David on several different projects, a shoot for GQ magazine, as a director for the single Valentines Day, and an album cover shoot for Heathen. The overall resulting works of David Bowie captured sharply in an array of poses with moody soho back drops, live wolves and a baby display a deep understanding of the power images and the effect they have on the viewers, Klinko said “He is one of the most photogenic stars ever, and almost every single shot looked incredible. Bowie knew exactly what poses and expressions to do in order to portray the character we discussed”.
David Bowie Poses for Pictures
Other artists to have contributed to the David Bowie collection Chris Stein from Blondie, Bill Wyman, Brian Aris, Geoff MacCormack, Alec Byrne and Carolyn Djanogly who notably created a stunning black and white portrait series. All these photographers have several things in common but most notably was their unanimous praise for Bowie as an artist and willing subject. Brian Aris - 'I worked a lot with David Bowie. I even photographed his wedding to the beautiful model Iman in Florence. So I got to see the wonderfully modest and generous man behind the public image.'
David Bowie Art and Artist
David Bowie was born on 8th January 1947 and passed away 10th January 2016 aged 69. He was born in Brixton, London and lived in Bromley, Kent from the age of 6. He was exposed to music at a young age, his father bringing home American music of the time Elvis, Fats Domino, Little Richard and then later his half brother introduced him to Jazz. His mother is attributed to giving him his first saxophone and it was noted he was proficient on instruments when at school. His school was very open to art in its various forms, and he studied typesetting, layout, music, art and design.
It was at this time that he received the famous injury to his left eye over a girl. He remained friends with George Underwood, he later worked on some of Bowies first albums.
The next stage of Bowies life and the launch of his career didn’t happen overnight, there was a number of attempts at bands and singles that didn’t make it, Bowie changed his name, from David Jones his birth name, in 1967. There where several influential girlfriends and periods studying theatre art, mime and there was a transition from rock and roll to more folk inspired music.
David Bowie: Early Success
The release of Space Oddity in 1969 was the start of commercial success for David Bowie, and the next few years of the early 70’s saw the release of two albums and an American tour, in this time in the back ground Ziggy Stardust was being created and unleashed in 1972 and its amazing to look back and see that he actually stopped preforming as Ziggy in the summer of ’73, the impact of that album has been felt far and wide and is accredited with being one of the starting points of the Glam rock movement.
Aladdin Sane followed Ziggy, with its famous album cover image of the lightening bolt. Three more albums came out of the next period as well as an addiction to cocaine, the following alter ego The Thin White Duke and critical album Station to Station gain huge success, take a trip to Youtube and watch the live version in ’78: turn it up; it's awesome. But the life style and drugs were catching up and Bowie became embroiled in tabloid articles. Bowie in an interview with Q Magazine 1997 - "[he] listens to Station to Station as a piece of work by an entirely different person.”
Bowie had moved back to Europe trying to deal with his drug addiction and settled in West Berlin where the next three albums where created Low, Hero’s and finally Lodger. He managed to squeeze in a 70 concert tour over 12 countries, for around a million people, as well.
The 80’s saw the release of new albums and super stardom for David Bowie, hits such as Ashes to Ashes from Scary Monsters Album and its half a million costing, the most expensive of the day, music video playing on MTV lifted David Bowie high into the stratosphere. 1983 and Lets Dance come out to huge commercial success both sides of the pond. Tonight album was released in 1984 and won a Grammy Award for, Blue Jean, Best Short Form Music Video.
David Bowie Collaborations
David Bowie undertook collaboration with many artists through out his career with mixed results commercially, Under Pressure with Queen and Fame with John Lennon (Images of John Lennon) where successes but a venture into band Tin Machine wasn’t so well received. A later collaboration in 1995 ‘1.Outside' received chart success but reportedly when on tour with Nine Inch Nails, Bowie confessed that "[he] made a very difficult album and [was] probably going to bum everyone out."
He hit no.1 in the UK again with Black Tie White Noise in 1993, which incorporated new sounds with sax and trumpets, Hip-hop and Jazz influences. David Bowie had also remarried to super model Iman Abdulmajid in 1992, an enduring love story that lasted until his death.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was inevitable, he was inducted in January 1996. Earthlings album incorporated the new sounds of Drum and Base. The album received nominations for Grammys and received good commercial success. The 90’s also saw the start of the Bowie Bond based on record earnings and Bowie Net internet service. His last album of the century was available to down load on the internet, one of the first todo so, ‘Hours’ was a more acoustic album and did not reach the top 40 charts at the time.
David Bowie: The 2000s
Heathen came out in response to the 9/11 terror attacks and was well received in a troubling time in western society. 2003 saw the next release Reality and the resulting tour was the infamous lollipop in the eye incident and then following that he had to cut the tour short due to needing coronary surgery. In 2006 he received the life time achievement award from the Grammys, a worthy recipient without doubt and we haven’t even mentioned the 14 films that he starred in across his career as either a cameo or lead, the most widely known being Labyrinth from 1986. David Bowie had decided to slow down and was now taking time out from recording and touring.
Ten years later and the recording of ‘The Next Day’ was completed in secret and then released with very little fanfare via the David Bowie website, it quickly became the most downloaded song at the time.
Three years later saw the release of Bowie's final album Black Star, two days before his death. A month previous had seen the premier of his first musical ‘Lazarus’ a sequel to the movie ‘A man who fell to earth’ starring Bowie from 1976’. The album and the theatre production were a gift to his fans, a parting goodbye. David Bowie’s career started and never seemed to end, even after he was diagnosed with liver cancer, it wasn’t made public, he carried on working. He released an album two days before his death and was also still working on a theatre production.
See also: our feature on Michael Brennan photography!
David Bowie: The Icon
When is an icon an icon, a legend born? Is it when you sell a certain amount of albums or styles you developed are still copied by the modern famous, or is it when museums have permanent displays of your art work and clothes that you wore throughout your career as music and film star? Maybe it's a combination of all these things. The legend David Bowie, his life and art, are a blend, knowing where one ended and the next one starts is hard to define, if indeed it needs defining at all. There is no doubt that his fast paced and ruthless ability to reinvent, with out concern to upsetting critics, is just testament to the story of a man who is an icon and whose work and images will continue to be a beacon of inspiration.