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Final Week: David Bowie Exhibition at Lucy Bell Gallery

This week is the final chance to see our David Bowie Exhibition at the Lucy Bell Gallery in Hastings. The highly acclaimed 'Silhouettes & Shadows' exhibition is on tour following a hugely successful showing in Brixton and was extended in Hastings due to its popularity.

The exhibition is a visual celebration of the life and career of David Bowie as remembered by the photographers who knew and worked with him and features work by twelve of the world's leading music photographers.

It includes images by Mick Rock, Geoff MacCormack, Barrie Wentzell, Steve Rapport, Ian Dickson, Terry Pastor, Mark Mawston, Stefan Wallgren and Janet Macoska, as well as new and previously un-exhibited work by Fernando Aceves, Ray Stevenson and Dave Hogan.

The prints in the exhibition showcase Bowie's early career in Beckenham in the late 1960s, the rise of Ziggy Stardust and his changing personas in the decades that follow, through to one of his final live performances in 2003. Whilst the images capture his innovative and uncompromising musical genius, accompanying anecdotes and recollections by the photographers reveal the more personal and unique relationships they had with him.

Hghlights from the exhibition include this great Ziggy Stardust image by Ian Dickson

Ian Dickson recalls 'In 1971-72, I was living in the north-east of England, learning my craft and earning my living as in-house photographer to the University Theatre in Newcastle Upon Tyne. On one particular opening night, I was introduced to a Bob Brown, who turned out to be the manager of City Hall, at that time the major rock venue in Newcastle. Bob gave me an open invitation to come long to the venue with my camera to photograph the many acts who appeared there, instructing his stage doorman to let me in whenever I turned up.

I proceeded to build up a considerable portfolio of work which I eventually took down to London during the summer recess in 1972. I established contact with Gavin Petrie, then the editor of Disc & Music Echo, who told me I was in a good situation, encouraging me to send down photographs from the many first nights of bands who began their tours in Newcastle.

Then, just after New Year in 1973, Gavin rang me to ask if there was any possibility of me getting some shots of David Bowie who was due to appear at the City Hall on the 7th. He explained to me that Bowie’s management had placed a blanket ban on all photographers.  I told Gavin I’d see what I could do and went to see Bob Brown. As we settled down in his office, each of us with a glass of Johnny Walker in his hand, I explained the situation.

With a twinkle in his eye, he suggested a plan whereby I would become an usher for the evening, complete with torch and armband, with my Nikon concealed under my jacket. 

Came the night of the gig and my temperature was sky-high, but I wanted those pictures and so I turned up fully-wrapped to combat the chills, with my camera and a 105mm lens tucked under my coat. At the time, there were no professional armies of heavy-handed security teams used at gigs. The job marshalling the paying customers fell into a handful of regular kids who were also music fans. As I was a regular feature at the Hall, so there were no raised eyebrows, when I turned up wearing my ‘camouflage’ and I got my pictures without any problems – apart from running out of Kleenex.'

This image is available to buy as a limited edition fine art print here

The exhibition contains over 25 great shots of the Starman with accompaying ancedotes and recollections. The exhibition is free and on until the 4th March. 

Lucy Bell Fine Art Gallery
46 Norman Road
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 0EJ

Opening Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11am-4pm
Wednesday: 11am-4pm
Thursday 11am-4pm
Friday 11am-4pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
Sunday: Closed

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