David Bowie - Thin White Duke #2 - 1975

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Thin White Duke #2

"He just looked at himself and he knew exactly how to make himself have such a different edge, and you can't either bottle that or sell it, he just had it." - May Routh

Taken by Duffy during the third of Five Sessions with David Bowie on location for the filming of Nic Roeg's cult film - "The Man Who Fell To Earth."

Whilst in New Mexico for The Sunday Times Magazine, Duffy managed to organise an additional photoshoot with Bowie. The plan was to get away from the set in good time and travel to the White Sands National Monument. This heritage-protected white desert composed of soft gypsum crystals sits at over 4200 ft above sea level, void of life and vegetation. This was the perfect place to photograph Bowie, who in the film plays an Alien from another planet. By the time Bowie was ready to travel to the location, it was already early evening. With the sun going down and only limited time and equipment to work with Duffy was taking a big risk. This would be the only chance they would be able to take these photographs. Using one-second triple flash exposures he was fortunately rewarded with a set of unique and atmospheric shots of "The Thin White Duke."

David Bowie - Thin White Duke #2 is the second image of 5 released from the session, the vast emptiness of the Tularosa Basin can be seen in the background. The sun is rapidly setting throughout the shoot further enhancing the dramatic triple exposures. One of Bowie's many skills was to remain incredibly still and poised. This made him the perfect subject for these high-risk shots. By keeping his head completely still, only moving his arms and hands, the full effect of the triple exposure is achieved.

Open Edition Prints

This Standard Archival Quality Pigment Ink Print is 7.5″x 5″ (19.05cm x 12.7cm) in 12″x12″ (30.48cm x 30.48cm) Mounts - handmade and printed in the Duffy Archive from the original photographic negatives.

All of our images are ready to frame, supplied with a choice of either a black or white acid-free mount. A mount is a paper-based border around framed images between the frame and the image. The mount adds an extra decorative element and also prevents the image from making contact with the glass. Our Standard Size open edition prints are the same size as a 12" vinyl album sleeve for convenient framing.

As with all our prints, each open edition is embossed with the Duffy Archive stamp. The reverse of each frame has a sticker detailing the history of the session and a hand-stamped logo from Duffy's old camera cases.

Duffy:Bowie Five Sessions (72-80)

The fascinating story behind this timeless session is fully documented in the Duffy Bowie Five Sessions Book told by those who were there.

"He was a guy who looked so different from everybody else - there would be no way he could walk along the street, even if he wasn't famous. You would just think, 'Christ, who the hell is that?!'" - George Perry

Limited and Signed editions are available, to discuss options please 

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