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