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David Bowie

David Bowie (born David Robert Jones: 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) was an English rock singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

David Bowie studied art, music and design, including layout and typesetting. After Terry Burns, his half-brother, introduced him to modern jazz, his enthusiasm for players like Charles Mingus and John Coltrane led his mother to give him a plastic alto saxophone in 1961; he was soon receiving lessons from a local musician.

Bowie, as a musician, performer and song-writer defied convention completely, he continually re-invented himself and his art at breakneck speed and illogical disjointedness. It seemed as though time was always at a premium. With complete disregard for music style loyalty or so called integrity, he often combined the most unlikely forms of music with angst ridden end-of- millennium subject matter, presenting the rock world with it's first truly post-modernist star. After living each legendary character to the utmost, he deconstructed that which made him singular, then a new element would arise to confound and entice the masses who thought they had just figured out his latest incarnation.

On 10 January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, David Bowie died from liver cancer in his New York City apartment. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier but had not made the news of his illness public. The Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove, who had worked with the singer on his Off-Broadway musical Lazarus, explained that Bowie was unable to attend rehearsals due to the progression of the disease. He noted that Bowie had kept working during the illness.

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David Bowie (DB001DUFFY)

David Bowie

Aladdin Sane is the one image that has defined David Bowie and is nicknamed the 'Mona Lisa of Pop' - Shot by Duffy in his London studio.

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David Bowie (DB001ID)

David Bowie

David Bowie performing as Ziggy Stardust at Newcastle City Hall in January 1973.

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David Bowie (DB001SR)

David Bowie

David Bowie on the video shoot for 'Loving the Alien' at Meantime Studios, London in March 1985

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David Bowie (DB002DUFFY)

David Bowie

Contact sheet taken from the photo shoot for Aladdin Sane

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David Bowie (DB003TEPA)

David Bowie

Terry Pastor's photograph of David Bowie from the 'Hunky Dory' album cover photo session.

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David Bowie (DB009DUFFY)

David Bowie

Official contact sheet print from the acclaimed Duffy archive of David Bowie in his Scary Monsters Pierrot costume in 1980.

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David Bowie (MAC011)

David Bowie

David Bowie and photographer Geoff MacCormack backstage on the set of The Man Who Fell to earth.

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David Bowie (DB002SR)

David Bowie

On the video shoot for 'Loving the Alien', the opening track from Bowie's 'Tonight' album

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David Bowie (DB001RS)

David Bowie

David Bowie at his flat in Beckenham in 1969. This photograph was used as the cover to 'Lover To The Dawn', a 10-song acoustic demo tape.

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David Bowie (DB003FA)

David Bowie

in 1997 prior to his first ever gig in Mexico City David Bowie explores the local cultural sites including the 'Pyramids of Teotihuacan'

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David Bowie (DB003MR)

David Bowie

David Bowie - Saxophone Session, London 1973

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David Bowie (DB001JA)

David Bowie

David Bowie performing onstage at the Falkoner Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1976 on his Isolar-1976 Tour.

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David Bowie (DB008DUFFY)

David Bowie

The Aladdin Sane image was digitally remastered to a black and white negative format by Chris Duffy in 2012

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David Bowie (DB010DUFFY)

David Bowie

Contact sheet from the Scary Monsters photo shoot taken during the last of Duffy's 'Five Sessions' with David Bowie

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David Bowie (DB002JA)

David Bowie

The Thin White Duke onstage during his Isolar-1976 Tour in Copenhagen in 1976

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David Bowie (MAC002)

David Bowie

Although originally taken in black and white, this image has the feel of an early 1940s movie star, hence the sepia finish I settled upon.

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David Bowie (MAC020)

David Bowie

David chose this image from The Man Who Fell To Earth (1975) for publicity posters in the late seventies.

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David Bowie (DB001DAHO)

David Bowie

David Bowie at press conference for his single 'Lets Dance' at the Savoy Hotel in London. It was the fifteenth studio album by Bowie.

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David Bowie (DB001FA)

David Bowie

David Bowie in front of a Diego Rivera mural whilst visiting the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in October 1997

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David Bowie (DB001TEPA)

David Bowie

Terry Pastor shot & hand coloured the photo for the album artwork on David Bowie's iconic album.

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David Bowie (DB002DAHO)

David Bowie

In 1990 David Bowie poses at a photocall for his 'Sound & Vision' Tour at the Rainbow Theatre not Heddon Street as the K.West sign suggests

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David Bowie (DB002FA)

David Bowie

David Bowie photographed with a mask at Frida Kahlo's house and museum in Mexico City in October 1997

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David Bowie

David Bowie wearing a black scarf on a photo shoot in New York in 2002

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David Bowie (DB002RS)

David Bowie

David Bowie at home, smoking in bed in his apartment on Foxgrove Road, Beckenham in July 1969, the morning after the first moon landing.

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David Bowie (DB002TEPA)

David Bowie

Terry Pastor photographed & hand coloured the album artwork for Bowie's Spiders from Mars album.

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David Bowie

David Bowie photographed whilst filming the 1976 sci-fi film The Man Who Fell To Earth.

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David Bowie (MAC007)

David Bowie

David Bowie photographed looking out over the May Day Parade on Red Square, Moscow, 1973

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David Bowie (MAC016)

David Bowie

He's playing up to my camera to keep himself amused in-between takes. It's as if he is saying: "And you are?"

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David Bowie (MAC019)

David Bowie

David Bowie listening to a playback of 'Station to Station’ at Cherokee Studio, Los Angeles.

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David Bowie

This was the site of the detonation of the first atomic bomb in 1945, an eerie and desolate place.

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David Bowie (DB004DUFFY)

David Bowie

David Bowie Scary Monsters Pierrot shot in London in 1980

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David Bowie (DB011DUFFY)

David Bowie

Official Duffy photograph of David Bowie sitting with a Scottie Dog during a pre-production meeting for the Scary Monsters photo shoot

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David Bowie

We drank cheap Riesling and beer (Peeva) with a bunch of soldiers we'd met the night before. They were friendly and inquisitive.

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David Bowie (MAC004)

David Bowie

David Bowie in Ziggy makeup in 1973. This shot was taken at the Hammersmith Odeon before the last show of the tour.

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David Bowie

I took advantage of the free time and the sublime New Mexico light and picked up my Nikon. This image of David is one of my favourites.

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David Bowie

David Bowie performing to an audience of twenty at the Beckenham Arts Lab, UK at the start of his career in 1969

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David Bowie

David Bowie looking into a mirror at Haddon Hall, Beckenham in March 1972 during an interview for Club International magazine.

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David Bowie

Contact sheet of David Bowie images taken during an interview in London, 1972. One of the images was used on the cover of Melody Maker

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David Bowie

David Bowie performing live at Wembley Arena, London on the A Reality Tour in November 2003

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David Bowie

Limited edition print of Morgan Howell's original painting of the cover of David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' vinyl single

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David Bowie

This was a really special performance in October 1973 as it was Bowie's first since announcing his retirement a couple of months before.

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David Bowie

Newcastle City Hall, 1973, Ian Dickson eludes security to take this photograph of David Bowie performing as the legendary Ziggy Stardust

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David Bowie (DB003DAHO)

David Bowie

David Bowie onstage holding a human skull on the Serious Moonlight Tour in 1983

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David Bowie

David Bowie 'Scary Monsters' image 'close up' with cigarette

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David Bowie

David Bowie performing at Newcastle City Hall, UK on the Ziggy Stardust Tour in June 1973

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David Bowie

David Bowie drawing in his flat, left handed!

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David Bowie

Taken at Freida Kahlo’s Museum known as the ‘Blue House’, in Mexico City a few days before David Bowie's first ever concert in Mexico, 1997

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David Bowie

David Bowie and Mick Ronson eating lunch on a train to Aberdeen in 1973 heading to the first gig of David Bowie's final Ziggy Stardust Tour

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David Bowie

Photographer Terry Pastor's 'pink' variation of Bowie from the Hunky Dory album cover photo session.

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David Bowie (DB005DUFFY)

David Bowie

Taken from the Scary Monsters album cover shoot by Duffy in 1980, 'the most beautiful clown in the circus' - David Bowie

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David Bowie

David Bowie onstage at his first and only ever concert in Mexico in July 1997

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David Bowie

David Bowie applying make-up in Scotland in 1973

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David Bowie

Performing as part of The Hype, David Bowie onstage at the Roundhouse in July 1970

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David Bowie (DB005TEPA)

David Bowie

Photographer Terry Pastor shot & hand coloured the photo artwork for Bowie's Hunky Dory album.

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David Bowie (DB006DUFFY)

David Bowie

Alternative shot taken from the Aladdin Sane 'photo shoot in 1973, known as 'Eyes Open' - this image was rediscovered in the archive in 2011

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David Bowie (DB006TEPA)

David Bowie

This print is based on a photograph from the Hunky Dory photo session shot in 1971.

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David Bowie (DB007DUFFY)

David Bowie

David Bowie wearing a two piece quilted suit designed by Freddie Burretti for the 1972 Ziggy Stardust tour.

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David Bowie (DB007MR)

David Bowie

David Bowie, Lou Reed & Iggy Pop during a press conference at the Dorchester Hotel, London in July 1972

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David Bowie (DB007TEPA)

David Bowie

This hand coloured print is based on a photograph by Terry Pastor from the Hunky Dory photo session.

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David Bowie (DB008MR)

David Bowie

Beckenham, March 1972, David Bowie photographed at Haddon Hall

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David Bowie

Terry Pastor's photograph of David Bowie from the 'Hunky Dory' album cover photo session.

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Fall, The (FALL001KC)

The Fall

Early shot of The Fall at Central Station Car Park, Manchester in the summer of 1978

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Oasis

Oasis pictured at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire in June 1994

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The Cure

Robert Smith of The Cure in Brazil in March 1987

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Queen

Freddie Mercury onstage with Queen at the Brøndby Hallen, Copenhagen in 1977 on their A Day At The Races Tour

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AC/DC

Angus Young from rock band AC/DC onstage during their 'Back in Black' UK Tour in 1980.

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