This limited offer from the Duffy Archive includes a signed copy of the book "Duffy Bowie Five Sessions" and print of your choice from the second shoot with David Bowie for the Aladdin Sane album cover. The offer is available with any of our open edition 12x12 mounted prints and framed triptych prints for a limited time.
This offer applies worldwide! Just pick one of the prints from the session, your preferred mount colour and we shall include a signed book automatically.
“Who could have imagined that the moment he clicked the shutter on the Hasselblad in early 1973 that one of those images would become known as a cultural icon?” – Chris Duffy
Taken by Duffy during the second of Five Sessions with David Bowie – Duffy’s most famous photograph dates from the 1973 and is the iconic and revolutionary cover of David Bowie’s album – Aladdin Sane. A shot that became the defining look of Bowie’s long career, and has been referred to as the “Mona Lisa of pop.”
The defining image of Duffy and Bowie’s creative relationship which has become synonymous with the legacy of both artists. Tony Defries commissioned Duffy Design Concepts to create the entire Aladdin Sane album. The brief was simple – “Can you make it expensive?” The intention was to take Bowie to an international level. Also to make a bill so large that the record label would have to pay attention. A Dye-transfer image was the answer. A process which was notoriously costly, with the production taking place in Switzerland. Duffy carved the iconic red and blue “Flash” across David’s face in lipstick. The outline was then filled in by makeup artist Pierre Laroche. The image was then sent to airbrush artist Philip Castle. Duffy previously worked on the 1973 Pirelli Calendar with Castle who applied the water symbol on Bowie’s chest.
This offer includes a copy of Duffy Bowie Five Sessions By Kevin Cann & Chris Duffy.
All copies purchased directly from The Duffy Archive are signed by Chris Duffy and embossed with the Duffy Archive estate stamp.
Limited and Signed editions are available, to discuss options please Contact Us.