Iconic British photographer Brian Duffy passed away in 2010. In his wake Duffy left an impressive back catalogue of work that included shoots for John Lennon, Jean Shrimpton and David Bowie.
A recently opened exhibition in Leeds at the White Cloth gallery showcased his numerous projects with David Bowie that began in 1972 with Ziggy Stardust and concluded in early 1980 following the shoot for the album artwork for “Scary Monsters”. In between Duffy collaborated with Bowie in 1979 for the LP cover art for “Lodger” and in 1976 during the shoot for Bowie’s first acting role in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth”, a film that had critics in awe of Bowie’s silver screen debut.
What Duffy is best remembered for is his iconic shoot on Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane” album sleeve in 1973. Considered the Mona Lisa of the music world for its cover art, the album debuted in the UK charts at number one and shot Duffy to instant fame thanks to the classic lightening bolt image.
A series of images are now on show over the coming months and today I had the pleasure of exploring the stunning photography for myself. Bowie’s photogenic qualities shine through with minimal fuss.
Entry is free to the exhibit and you can enjoy a wide range of drinks and hand food whilst you take in the visual delights. Take the time out for a day in Leeds and along with the Duffy works on show there are numerous record stores and book shops to explore in one of England’s most vibrant cities.