David Bowie - Lodger Set 1979

"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 the Five Sessions with David Bowie in 1979 for his thirteenth studio album and final album of his "Berlin Trilogy." The final cover art was a collaboration between Duffy/Bowie and Derek Boshier tying the project together graphically. Anthony Clavet and his assistant prepare the Lodger scene by attaching fine nylon fishing line to David's face. This was then pulled to give a distorted effect for Duffy to shoot from above whilst safely suspended in his studio roof space. David's bandaged hand was actually the result of a coffee burn, though perfectly suited the dramatic imagery.

An image similar to this one and the Experimental Sink was used in the gatefold for the Lodger album.

The Whole Story

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.

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