David Bowie(1947-2016), Singer, songwriter, performer and actor
Sitter in 18 portraits
Known as the chameleon of pop for his ever-changing appearance, futuristic costumes and outlandish makeup, Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, London. He released his first album in 1967 and gained wide recognition two years later with his single Space Oddity, which coincided with the first moon landing. Albums such as Hunky Dory (1971), Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973) and Diamond Dogs (1974) made him an international star. His film roles included the lead in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983) and Andy Warhol in Basquiat (1996). Bowie's final album Blackstar was released on his 69th birthday, 8 January 2016.
More on David Bowie: David Bowie range in our Shops
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
Recommended Exhibitions & displays
- Picturing Friendship
Until 13 May 2019