Unseen Photos Of David Bowie Included In New Book

100 things we love right now #78
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100 things we love right now #78
David with cigarette on a break from filming MFE in New Mexico 1975. This became a Rolling Stone cover and a popular image.

David with cigarette on a break from filming MFE in New Mexico 1975. This became a Rolling Stone cover and a popular image.

By 1974 David Bowie had shed the skin of Ziggy Stardust and launched himself further into cosmic androgyny with a new character, Aladdin Sane. It was during this time that photographer Steve Schapiro received the rare invitation of a private session shooting Bowie in LA. Bonding over a love of Buster Keaton and a playful desire to toy with the unexpected, the photos show an artist at his creative peak, each photo and costume change with an entirely new set of ideas and references. 

The mostly-unreleased images from those sessions have been compiled in a new book, Bowie. Here are a few of our favourites, with some background info from Schapiro himself. 

David relaxed at his house in Los Angeles, 1975. I particularly liked his hands in this photo.

David relaxed at his house in Los Angeles, 1975. I particularly liked his hands in this photo.

 

"   From the photo shoot for People Magazine. We took portraits against a putrid green background which we both felt was the worst possible color to use as a background for a magazine cover. Los Angeles, 1974"

" From the photo shoot for People Magazine. We took portraits against a putrid green background which we both felt was the worst possible color to use as a background for a magazine cover. Los Angeles, 1974"

"David with goggles and bike. Los Angeles, 1974"

"David with goggles and bike. Los Angeles, 1974"

"David seated drawing circles on the background paper and then the Kabbalah Tree of Life diagram on the floor. Los Angeles, 1974."

"David seated drawing circles on the background paper and then the Kabbalah Tree of Life diagram on the floor. Los Angeles, 1974."

Photographs by Steve Schapiro, from Bowie, published by powerHouse. Available to buy here.