On the occasion of David Bowie's 75th birthday on January 8, CAMERA WORK Virtual Gallery presents a tribute to one of the great talents in music history. Including over 30 portraits, some of which have never been shown before, among others with supermodel Kate Moss and his wife Iman, the group exhibition provides insight into the collaboration of the eternally talented Bowie with outstanding photo artists. Starting January 7, 2022
David Bowie with Mirrors 1992
© Albert Watson, courtesy of CAMERA WORK Gallery
Anton Corbijn, Steve Schapiro, Ellen von Unwerth, Terry O’Neill, Herb Riis, and Brian Duffy collaborated with David Bowie to create iconic masterpieces that have become an integral part of the collective memory of music history. In 1973, one of the most influential photographic artists of all Time, Brian Duffy, portrayed the starman's face split in two by a lightning bolt for the album cover »Aladdin Sane«. This famous photograph later also gave a face to the successful museum exhibition »David Bowie Is,« which was presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Marin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, among other locations. As a print signed by Bowie, it is a highlight of the virtual exhibition. The portrait »Aladdin Sane« (Open Eyes) is one of the world's most famous and sought-after works in the field of music photography, as is the version »Aladdin Sane« (Closed Eyes), also known as the »Mona Lisa of Pop«.
David Bowie Los Angeles, 1989
© Herb Ritts, courtesy of CAMERA WORK Gallery
Beyond these famous works, the CAMERA WORK Virtual Gallery presents never-before-seen portraits of the musician by Herb Ritts, Albert Watson, and Ellen von Unwerth that may surprise the trained Bowie connoisseur. The fresh and diverse look at the pop culture icon is a reflection of what the artist embodied throughout his life: a pop culture chameleon. In 1992, for example, the renowned British photographer Albert Watson captured him in a never-before-seen work from his famous mirror series »David Bowie with Mirrors«: with his back to the viewer, Bowie stands in front of a mirror fanning out of himself.
CAMERA WORK Virtual Gallery
January 7 to February 17, 2022, Monday to Sunday · 24/7
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