Scary Monsters Print (1980) & Five Sessions Book - Signed by Chris Duffy

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Scary Monsters Print & Five Sessions Book - Signed by Author Chris Duffy

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This limited-time offer includes a copy of the book 'Duffy Bowie Five Sessions' signed by author Chris Duffy, embossed with the Duffy Archive stamp and a choice of print from Duffy's final shoot with David Bowie for the album cover of 'Scary Monsters' in 1980. The offer is available with any of our open edition 12”x12" (305mm x 305mm) 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 a signed book will automatically be included.

Scary Monsters

"So much had to be on the film, you couldn't manipulate images on the computer like you can do today. Duffy would create these amazing shoots - He saw in the camera what he saw and we didn't, we would only see the finished picture." - Sara Raeburn 

By 1980 Duffy was winding down his photographic career. His studio was no longer filled with cameras, lights and famous faces of the era. It was replaced with tools for his new venture - antique furniture restoration. Without a studio or assistant, Duffy turned to his son Chris for a venue to shoot David Bowie, the only person who could persuade him to get back behind the lens. Bowie began to pose as the perfect pierrot, throughout the session distressing his look until he was reduced to a disheveled, smeared, smoking clown. Much like the Lodger shoot little over a year before, Bowie had employed Duffy as the photographer in collaboration with a graphic artist, a position filled this time by Edward Bell who Duffy had previously introduced to Bowie. After the shoot, Duffy took his chosen image to Edward Bell to add his graphic contribution. Fully expecting Edward Bell to paint directly onto his print, Duffy's image was almost completely obscured by Bell's painting. Although David loved the cover, Duffy was deeply hurt that his photograph had been despoiled by Bell.

Open Edition Prints

Our 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 involved including Derek Boshier, makeup artist Sara Raeburn and hairdresser Martin Samuel.

Limited and Signed editions are available, to discuss options please Contact Us.

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