David Bowie: The Man Who Fell to Earth, will open at the Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography on 11 January. The exhibition is devoted to rare photos taken by Steve Schapiro, known for his portraits of rock and film stars as well as politicians he took in the 1960s and the 1970s.
The focal point of the exhibition is the Bowie images captured by Schapiro in a 12-hour shoot in Los Angeles in 1974. It was the first time they met, and that particular session produced several iconic photos of David Bowie. The singer later made good use of them as he decided to depict some of the photos of himself on the covers of his albums Station to Station, Low and Nothing Has Changed. These images were also published by People and Rolling Stone magazines.
The Bowie images include the photos Schapiro took when Nicholas Roeg was shooting the film The Man Who Fell to Earth in 1976. That science fiction film created an image of Bowie as an alien who is only a visitor to this planet.
The exhibition also offers a view of rare shots from the 1970s television performance by Bowie and Cher in the Cher Show.
Steve Schapiro is also famous for his iconic images of Martin Luther King, Jacqueline Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. The photos he shot on the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy are also well known.
The programme includes films in which David Bowie held leading roles and lectures on his life and work, including the Bowie filmography, the specific features of his characters and their influence on fashion.
The exhibition will be open until 31 March.