I keep a photograph, It burns my wall with time...
Due to the overwhelming interest in our BowieNet-only view on Saturday June 25th, Redferns, the organiser of the David Bowie: Pin Up photographic retrospective, has kindly agreed to increase the capacity to accommodate 60 BowieNet members.
Below is the lucky list of sixty randomly-selected BNetters who have promised to be there on the day. If this has changed for any of you and you can now no longer attend, please let me know ASAP so that somebody else can take your place.
Meanwhile, the exhibition is picking up more publicity all the time with double page spreads in the July issues of both UNCUT (above left) and Mojo (above right) with the promise of more to come from the weekend heavies.
It's worth relating some of the text from aforementioned features before I move on to the winners...
First up, Andy Kent's April 1976 shot of The Thin White Duke in Helsinki standing by his Mercedes 600D with driver Tony Mascia in the background, himself (relatively) fresh from his role as TJ Newton's driver, Arthur, in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Over to Andy:
"David, Iggy Pop, David's manager, his assistant Coco Schwab and I had just got back from taking a train through Russia. We were just arriving back at the hotel in Helsinki for a press conference. David was the best person I ever shot. He was the kind of person that, if there was a light in a room, he'd position himself under it so he'd look perfect. He had that style and sense about him all the time. He just took so many good pictures, but it was never in a posed way."
Eight years earlier, one Ray Stevenson was still waiting for the punk rock explosion in the UK that would make his work famous, but meanwhile he was taking lots of brilliant pictures of some of England's fledgling superstars, such as Marc Bolan and David Bowie. Here's what Ray had to say in MOJO about the second of the two pictures above, in which: "Bowie rehearses with his short-lived folk/mime outfit Turquoise at his then-girlfriend Hermione Farthingale's house, 1968."
"This was in Clareville Grove, which is at the back of Gloucester Road. Hermione's family was quite moneyed and she was a very beautiful woman. David had more or less moved in. The other hand belongs to Tony Hill; I think Bowie's looking at him and taking cues. I'm aware that his teeth have changed since then. The photograph wasn't for anything in particular; we were friends and I was just taking snapshots. I didn't realise until much later the depth of his ambition."
Great stuff. UNCUT and MOJO are on the shelves now. Imagine what a different planet it might have been had Turquoise taken the world by storm...hard to understand why a folk/mime outfit weren't huge really. Anyway, on to those winners...
I'll be contacting the winners with further details regarding the day shortly. As I say, if you can't now make it for whatever reason please let me know now, as there is a standby list and there is still plenty of time for somebody to take your place.