Thin White Duke (1975) & Five Sessions Book - Signed by Chris Duffy

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Thin White Duke 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 third shoot with David Bowie on the movie set of 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' in 1975. 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.

Thin White Duke

"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."

In the David Bowie Thin White Duke 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

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 there. Including Duffy who said of the session – “It happened because there was a little bit of magic in the room that night. I’ll say it myself – it’s a great cover!

"Talent hits a target no-one else can hit. Genius hits a target no-one else can see." - Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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