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5 Interesting Facts About Tony McGee

David Bowie Unseen by Tony McGee, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

Tony McGee is a British photographer and filmmaker, whose career spans over four decades. His 40-year career started at the age of 14 and by 21 his images had appeared on 25 magazine covers. He shot covers and travelled internationally photographing for publications such as British and American Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, New Yorker Magzine.

In preparation for our upcoming exhibition with Tony McGee, David Bowie “UNSEEN” we thought we reflect back on Tony McGee’s artistic career.   

1. Assisting Helmut Newton

 In the mid 1970s, McGee had the opportunity to assist superstar photographer Helmut Newton in projects in St. Tropez and Paris and worked with him for a period of 18 months. 


2. Best British Fashion Photographer of the Year

In 1980, McGee was awarded Best British Fashion Photographer of the Year. 


3. Working with David Bowie

Tony first met David Bowie at a private cocktail party, where the two immediately bonded, building the beginning of a friendship that would span for over 30 years. He photographed one of Bowie‘s most famous cover for The Face Magazine, which was regarded by GQ as being the most influential magazine cover of the 1980s. 


4. Photograph Exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery

Tony McGee took this sensational photograph of Bowie (March, 1990) which was accepted into the National Portrait Gallery Collection. 

The print is available to be purchased through our gallery.


5. Photographing Kate Moss

Tony McGee took the first ever professional photograph of Kate Moss after she signed at Storm Model Agency. She was 15-years old at the time and was photographed in David Hockney’s Mercedes. McGee said: “It was sensational to shoot Kate Moss when she was just starting out. She was terribly shy but very beautiful.”

The print is available to be purchased through our gallery.

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