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See Wild Seventies David Bowie Photos From New Book

Preview ‘Bowie,’ featuring images by ‘Low’ cover photographer Steve Schapiro

David Bowie Portraits

Photographs by Steve Schapiro, from Bowie, published by powerHouse Books.

In 1974, David Bowie's manager invited photographer Steve Schapiro to spend a day capturing images of the star. The extended shoot yielded the now-iconic cover photos for Low and Station to Station, and led to a fruitful collaboration between the two artists. Now Schapiro is collecting his images in Bowie, a new volume of mostly unpublished photos from powerHouse Books. Preview the book with our exclusive gallery, featuring recollections from Schapiro himself.

Bowie Book

"With my first David Bowie shoot in 1974, my assistants and I expected to see a flamboyant wild man arrive, with a large entourage, groupies and cartons of booze," Schapiro told Rolling Stone. "This was not the case. Calm, quiet and over-intelligent with a bent for the spiritual, we chatted more about philosophy and Buster Keaton than super stars or the weather."

David Bowie book

Photograph by Steve Schapiro, from Bowie, published by powerHouse Books

Bowie on Motorcycle

"It's 4 a.m. in the morning and I am just finishing up this day's shoot with Bowie on his bike lit by the headlights of a car. He seems to be creating another character for his repertoire."

David Bowie Book

Photograph by Steve Schapiro, from Bowie, published by powerHouse Books

Bowie and Cher

"Bowie on the Cher TV show. Basically a quiet structured TV appearance. I can't say they seemed to be on the same wavelength that day."

David Bowie Book

Photograph by Steve Schapiro, from Bowie, published by powerHouse Books

Bowie Takes Target Practice

"Target practice in New Mexico during the making of The Man Who Fell to Earth. He got a couple of bull's eyes, and was excited when his aim paid off. It was just relaxation."

David Bowie Book

Photograph by Steve Schapiro, from Bowie, published by powerHouse Books

Bowie in Shades

"So I pick up my camera to shoot. He is there in some outlandish outfit and says, 'Wait a minute I’ll be right back.' Twenty minutes passes and he comes back in a totally different outfit. But I never shot him in the first one. A photographer’s nightmare."

David Bowie Book

Photograph by Steve Schapiro, from Bowie, published by powerHouse Books

‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’

"David with the director, Nick Roeg, during a break in The Man Who Fell to Earth. Something on the front page was compelling. Between shots, David was always relaxed but then again so was the character he was playing."

David Bowie Book

Photograph by Steve Schapiro, from Bowie, published by powerHouse Books

“Nothing Has Changed”

"During the 1974 shoot we took a large studio mirror outside and David started writing on it. This ended up as one of the three album covers in the Nothing Has Changed series. Paradoxically I have seen this CD once with the words Nothing Has Changed written across it, and at another time the word 'Everything.' I think the latter is more correct."

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