The mostly never-before-published images in Schapiro's rare collection represent Bowie at his most creative and inspired self and present a glimpse into the intimacy that Schapiro and Bowie shared during their time together. Bowie and Schapiro kidded and laughed about shooting a series of close-up portraits on a putrid green background because they felt it was the worst possible background colour for a magazine, and so they did on this lark - with the image eventually becoming a People magazine cover.
"The transformation of the mundane into the magnificent can take place in a moment, and Schapiro and Bowie both knew how to turn that moment into a myth." -TIME LightBox "Knowing that he's gone makes it that much harder to open the pages of "Bowie" and see the legendary artist silently look back into our eyes, with a smile, having fun in wild costumes we haven't seen before, in poses that weren't selected to become iconic. Bowie's unmatchable charisma soon outpaces the sadness, however, and within the pages, Schapiro has captured quiet and spirituality that's oft missing plethora of glossy art books about the music icon." -Cool Hunting "Bowie clearly made a lasting impression on Schapiro, whose forthcoming book Bowie contains many previously unseen images of the musician whom he describes as 'just brilliant...someone who made our world bigger.'" -ELLE.com "Whilst his photos of the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Selma to Montgomery march, came to define an era, Schapiro has also lived through some of the most significant changes in photography, making his insights even more valuable today. Below we catch up with the photographer as his book of mostly never-before-seen photographs of the late polymath and icon are published in Bowie." -Dazed Digital "By 1974 David Bowie had shed the skin of Ziggy Stardust and launched himself further into cosmic androgyny with a new character, Aladdin Sane. It was during this time that photographer Steve Schapiro received the rare invitation of a private session shooting Bowie in LA. Bonding over a love of Buster Keaton and a playful desire to toy with the unexpected, the photos show an artist at his creative peak, each photo and costume change with an entirely new set of ideas and references." -Sabotage Times "In 1974, photographer Steve Schapiro received a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to a private photo session with David Bowie. The fateful shoot led to a fruitful creative collaboration that elicited some of Bowie's most iconic images, including the album art for Station to Station and Low. Incredibly, one powerful image, of Bowie dressed in blue slacks and a cropped shirt painted with diagonal white stripes, was referenced 40 years later in Bowie's haunting final music video, 'Lazarus.'" -Yahoo! Music "When Schapiro met Bowie in 1974, the singer had recently shed the lightening-bolt mask he'd donned as Aladdin Sane, the character who had in turn replaced Ziggy Stardust-the persona that first vaulted him to global stardom. In the mid-1970s Bowie veered into what he called 'plastic soul' R&B just in time for the disco craze. He donned various guises in front of Schapiro's camera, yet many images seemed to reveal that the whole rock-star trip-with its sex-and-drug trappings-was getting tiresome. Bowie's real feelings emerged in his 1975 hit 'Fame' (penned with John Lennon), which charted at #1 while elucidating the vapidity of stardom." -American Photo "The fruit of that day's collaboration between Bowie and Schapiro would provide some of the most iconic album art and magazine shoots produced that decade, including art for the albums Station to Station and Low. The Thin White Duke was ascending. Now the pictures are being released in a book but along side some of the familiar images are some never-before-published pictures representing Bowie at his most creative and inspired self." -Daily Mirror "The spectacular results of that long shoot, which lasted from 4pm until dawn the next morning, make up a large section of Bowie: Photographs by Steve Schapiro, which is being released today byPowerhouse Books. Some of the pictures in the 104-page tome will seem familiar, as they later graced Bowie's album covers or were used on magazine covers; others have never seen the light of day before. Schapiro not only loves them all, but treasures his time over the years with the rock and music legend." -MR Magazine "Now a new compendium of Schapiro's photographs, Bowie (powerHous
Steve Schapiro ist ein angesehener Pressefotograf, dessen Aufnahmen bereits Titelseiten von Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, Look, Paris Match und People zierten und in vielen Museumssammlungen zu finden sind. Zwei Bücher mit seinen Werken hat er bislang publiziert, American Edge und Schapiro s Heroes. In Hollywood hat er an mehr als 200 Filmen mitgearbeitet; zu seinen berühmtesten Filmplakaten zählen die zu Asphalt Cowboy (Midnight Cowboy), Taxi Driver, Eine Wahnsinnsfamilie (Parenthood) und Der Pate III (The Godfather Part III).