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Few collaborations spawned as many iconic images as that between British fashion photographer Brian Duffy and chameleonic pop artist David Bowie.
A new exhibit in Amsterdam’s FOAM photography museum celebrates that collaboration with an exclusive selection of photographs, album covers, contact sheets and Polaroids.
Duffy worked with Bowie on five photographic projects between 1972 and 1980, a period that saw Bowie experiment with several personas, including Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke and Aladdin Sane. The latter, shot for an album cover in 1973, shows a heavily made up Bowie with a blue and red flash of lightning streaking across his face. Inspired by the flash on a National Panasonic rice cooker that was lying in the studio, the image is one of the most recognizable in pop culture and has become known as “The Mona Lisa of Pop.”
Duffy began his photographic career at British Vogue in 1957, before going on to capture and define the Swinging Sixties. Bowie was one of a string of celebrities who appeared before his lens, alongside Jane Birkin, John Lennon, Jean Shrimpton, Michael Caine and William Burroughs.
The exhibition, titled “Bowie by Duffy: Photographs ’72 – ’80,” runs at FOAM until October 6, 2013.