David Bowie

1 portrait of David Bowie

David Bowie

by Brian Duffy
K3 Ultrachrome print on Fuji Baryte Gloss paper, 1973
7 3/4 in. x 7 3/4 in. (197 mm x 197 mm) image size
Purchased, 2013
Photographs Collection
NPG x137463


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  • David Bowie (1947-2016), Singer, songwriter, performer and actor. Sitter in 16 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Brian Duffy (1936-2010), Photographer and film producer. Artist of 7 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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This portrait by photographer Brian Duffy has become one of the most celebrated rock 'n' roll images of all time; a variant pose from the one used on the cover of Aladdin Sane, Bowie's 1973 album and his first UK No 1. The photo shoot took place at Duffy's Primrose Hill studio and it was the result of a collaborative process between Bowie and Duffy, assisted by stylist Celia Philo and make-up artist Pierre La Roche.

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Current affairs

With the international oil crisis, and British coal miners 'working to rule' (a form of partial strike), Prime Minister Edward Heath implements the 'three day week' for industry in order to prolong fuel stocks.

Art and science

Pink Floyd release Dark Side of the Moon. The album opens with the sound of a heartbeat and instead of a set of individual songs, each track merges into the next to create a continuous piece of music. The LP was one of the most commercially successful albums of all time.

International

The Arab-Israeli conflict continues with the Yom Kippur War. Egypt and Syria invaded Israel followed shortly by Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The conflict lasted for just 18 days before a UN ceasefire was put into place. The events led to an increase in the price of Arab oil, causing economic problems in the West.

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