Who, What, Why | David Bowie: Up Close And Unpublished
— July 12, 2012 —
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David Bowie Courtesy of IDEA BooksWho? Angela Hill and David Owen, owners of IDEA Books, have just made one David Bowie enthusiast very happy, their latest sale a one-off photo album filled with captivating images of the intergalactic rock and roll hero. Founded over a decade ago, the vinatge book and magazine sellers now have outlets in London's Dover Street Market and in Paris' Kenzo store.
"Seen here in an exclusive AnOther preview, the images in this untitled, unpublished tome are completely unique"
What? Seventy never-before-seen pictures feature in the beautifully presented, yet charmingly amateur album, captured by a (photographically-skilled) fan at the front row of every major Bowie tour between 1972 and 1983. These were the formative years of Bowie’s fame – 1972 being the year of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' release which launched the singer into the public eye. Thereafter, Bowie stunned, intrigued and beguiled all who encountered him, with his crossdressing, heavy use of make-up, openly expressed bi-sexuality and iconic alter egos: Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Man. It was also the most troubled era of Bowie’s career; a time punctuated by psychological struggle – he was said to be living on a diet of red peppers, cocaine and milk. Many of the book’s intricately snapped images show the singer looking emaciated, but no less mesmerizing, in his highly stylised on-stage garb.
Why? Seen here, in part, in an exclusive AnOther preview, the images in this untitled, unpublished tome are completely unique. They offer insight into an iconic decade in the life of a living legend, managing to achieve a sense of intimacy and honest documentation in their their un-retouched clarity. For those interested in witnessing this firsthand, the book will be on display at Dover Street Market this weekend – which marks the store's re-opening for the new season – before disappearing into private hands.
The book will be on display at Dover Street Market this weekend.
Text by Daisy Woodward