‘David Bowie: Icon’ Photo Book Coming

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It’s difficult to imagine David Bowie taking a bad photo, given his unique look and ever-changing personas. And that’s perhaps the point of a new book, David Bowie: Icon, which, says its announcement, “gathers the greatest photographs of one of the greatest stars in history, into a single, luxurious volume.” The result, says its publisher, is the most important anthology of Bowie images that has ever been compiled, with pictures of the classic rock legend from 25 photographers. The book, per the announcement, “showcases a stunning portfolio of imagery, featuring the iconic, the awe inspiring, the candid and the surprising.”

David Bowie: Icon arrives on Oct. 12 in the U.S. and Canada – it was published Sept. 28 in the U.K. – just months before the fifth anniversary of the legend’s shocking passing on Jan. 10, 2016.

More from the announcement: The images are accompanied by personal essays and reflections about working with the icon. From memories of the earliest days at the Arts Lab in Beckenham to what it was like touring the world with Bowie, each contributor shares their experiences of working with – and knowing – this most extraordinary figure.

A colour-enhanced image of David Bowie, 1973, taken in Paris during a photoshoot for the Pin Ups album. (Photo: Justin de Villeneuve)

From portraits and album covers, performances and rehearsals, to rarely seen private moments and candid snapshots, this collection is at once powerful, sentimental and inspiring.

Photography and text are from Fernando Aceves, Brian Aris, Philippe Auliac, Alec Byrne, Kevin Cummins, Chalkie Davies, Justin de Villeneuve, Vernon Dewhurst, Gavin Evans, Gerald Fearnley, Lynn Goldsmith, Greg Gorman, Andrew Kent, Markus Klinko, Geoff MacCormack, Janet Macoska, Terry O’Neill, Denis O’Regan, Norman Parkinson, Mick Rock, John Scarisbrick, Steve Schapiro, Barry Schultz, Masayoshi Sukita and Ray Stevenson. The book includes an introduction by artist and Bowie’s life-long friend, George Underwood.

Related: Our Album Rewind of one of Bowie’s many personas – Ziggy Stardust

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