Bowie by Duffy - Photographs ’72 – ’80
This summer, &Foam, will exhibit an exclusive
selection of images of David Bowie made by the late legendary
fashion photographer Brian Duffy. Between 1972 and 1980 Duffy
worked with Bowie on five photographic projects, including three of
his most famous album covers - like the iconic imagery for Aladdin
Sane and Lodger. The exhibition gives an insight into the creative
process with a variety of prints, some of them showing
behind-the-scenes, contact sheets, Polaroids, original album
covers, photographs documenting the film: The Man Who Fell to Earth
and several personal objects from the Duffy archive.
Between 1972 and 1980 Brian Duffy shot five photographic sessions
with David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke,
Scary Monsters (& Super Creeps) and Lodger. Their most famous
collaboration was on the Aladdin Sane album cover (1973), which has
become one of the most recognisable and influential images in
popular culture. A true icon of the 20th Century. Aladdin Sane
celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and is commonly nicknamed
'The Mona Lisa of Pop'.
Beginning his career at Vogue Magazine, Brian Duffy is probably
best known for his fashion and advertising photography of the 50s,
60s and 70s. Alongside David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy was
part of the infamous 'Terrible Trio', who were seen as defining and
capturing the London of the 'Swinging Sixties', moving models from
studios and elevating successful photographers to celebrity status.
Few celebrities escaped Duffy's lens, which created memorable and
sometimes iconic images of sitters including, David Bowie, Jane
Birkin, John Lennon, Blondie, Sir Michael Caine, Jean Shrimpton
(The Shrimp), William Burroughs, Sidney Poitier and Terence
The story of Duffy's incredible career is documented in a BBC
documentary aired on January 2010 titled The Man Who Shot the 60s.
This documentary will be on show during the exhibition. On Friday
21 June &Foam organises a talk with Chris Duffy, the son of
Brian Duffy, and Kevin Cann, David Bowie's official biographer.
The exhibition is in collaboration with Gallery Vassie,
Amsterdam. The gallery holds a variety of Bowie/Duffy images, in a
range of sizes and prices. Also, during the exhibition some these
photographs will be available at &Foam.
Bowie by Duffy - Photographs '72 - '80 runs from 21 June
until 6 October 2013 in &Foam. Single ticket: €3,50. Combi
ticket Foam + &Foam: €11,00.
Opening hours &Foam
Daily 10.00 - 18.00 hrs
Thu, Fri 10.00 - 21.00 hrs
Foam's shop annex temporary project space in the Vijzelstraat
sells photography magazines, books, prints and more. Four times a
year, &Foam engages in collaborations with special partners on
the interface between photography and other creative disciplines.
The exhibition Bowie by Duffy - Photographs '72 - '80 is the final
exhibition in &Foam, before it closes its doors.