“I knew Duffy’s work of course. Of all the ’60s photographers – who were all very good – for me what Duffy did was to be more creative. He didn’t just capture the moment – he invented the moment. I found him the most inventive of all those photographers. That’s what interested me.” – Derek Boshier
Taken by Duffy during the fourth of his Five Sessions with David Bowie in 1979 for the thirteenth studio album and final album of Bowie's 'Berlin trilogy' comprising of: 'Low' (1977), 'Heroes' (1977) and finally 'The Lodger' (1979). The cover art was a collaboration between Duffy and Bowie with Derek Boshier tying the project together graphically. Duffy's Experimental sink Polaroids and a behind the scenes studio shot were included in the album's gatefold graphics. David's bandaged hand was actually the result of a coffee burn before the shoot, however, it perfectly suited the dramatic imagery.
This image was Duffy’s take on the Lodger scene which was originally intended for the album cover. Shooting from the rafters of his London studio, Duffy photographed David who was suspended on a custom-built metal frame. Bowie’s face was then manipulated by a fishing line to enhance the look of the falling man. Until this imagery was published in the Five Sessions Book it was never released.
The clarity and warmth of the Kodachrome outtakes show all the minor details of the intricate scene that Duffy created. However, at the last minute, David decided to use a cropped version of Duffy’s test Polaroid for the album cover instead. Duffy’s Experimental sink and one of the Lodger Set images were also included in the album’s gatefold. David’s bandaged hand was actually the result of a coffee burn, though perfectly suited the dramatic imagery adding another element to Duffy’s scene.
This triptych is also made up of 2 additional Kodachrome slides which were not chosen as the final image. These outtakes have been scanned from the original slide holders that are stamped 'FEB 79' and 'DUFFY'. Slide 3 and 29 show David in 2 other unique positions that have previously been unreleased.
Our framed triptych is made up of a selection of 3 key images from one of the five sessions Duffy shot with David Bowie. Each triptych is finished by hand and comes ready to put on the wall. As with all our prints, each triptych is embossed with the Duffy Archive stamp and also hand stamped on the front with 'DUFFY' in black ink. The reverse of each frame has a sticker detailing the history of the session, hand-stamped with a logo from Duffy's old camera cases.
The frame size is 53x26x3.5cm and the images are 10x10cm each. They are available in Black, Dark Grey, and White.
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These framed prints make a wonderful gift or addition to any Bowie collection.
The fascinating story behind this timeless session is fully documented in the Duffy Bowie Five Sessions Book told by those who were involved including Derek Boshier, makeup artist Sara Raeburn and Hairdresser Martin Samuel.