David Bowie performing a kick whilst onstage at the Spectrum, Philadelphia in April 1978.
Alan Messer recalls, "I was assigned to photograph Bowie for a cover story in Melody Maker, preceding “The Stage Tour” leg of his worldwide tour in England. We, a Melody Maker journalist, an RCA press officer and me, flew from London to Philadelphia to get the story. Upon arrival, we were told that Bowie preferred not to be photographed performing. I tried, in vain, to meet with him to discuss the situation.
"I will not miss a picture, so I smuggled my Nikon into the show by stuffing some parts into my cowboy boots and jeans and gave the rest of the camera bits to my compadres. Fortunately, Bowie's team gave us great seats. I got the photograph and it was published on the front page. I love David Bowie's energy in this picture. The show was fabulous. He was fabulous. My picture is the last verse of FAME. He didn't move much except for this kick at the end of Set One."
Alan Messer prints are numbered and signed. Prints sized 13x19" and 17x22" are printed on 325gsm Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper. Larger prints are produced on 315gsm Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta. Prints are available in the following edition sizes:
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20x30" Edition of 25
30x40" Edition of 15
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