New York photographer Markus Klinko first met David Bowie 20 years ago—he was with his wife Iman, and he arrived unannounced. That one unexpected introduction led to Bowie’s last large-scale photo shoot before his passing in 2016.
Now, unseen images from the shoot will be shown in the exhibition Bowie Unseen at the Tramp member’s club in London from October 1, then at Hampstead’s Zebra One Gallery from October 7.
Klinko, who has shot a range of celebrities including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Kanye West, took hundreds of photos of Bowie for his 2002 album, Heathen. It was an extensive eight-hour shoot that saw Bowie alongside a pack of wolves, cradling a baby and posing as a blind man. They show a part of Bowie that was inspired by Man Ray, but also one who subverted the classic symbolism of Old Hollywood film noir to reflect ideas on loss.
Klinko spoke to us about the exhibition, which will donate a portion of proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support. He spoke to Vanity Fair London about Soho, his agent's baby and how Bowie's work ethic set him apart.
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