18th – 27th May 2017
Imitate Modern is proud to present a solo exhibition of British photographer Tony McGee, featuring a selection of photographs of David Bowie, some of which have never been seen or exhibited before.
David Bowie was one of the world’s best-selling artists and his image left a footprint in the minds of a few generations as one of the world’s most charismatic and recognisable figures. However, few have had the opportunity to photograph Bowie and even fewer knew him as personal as photographer Tony McGee, with whom he shared a very close professional and friendly relationship.
“David Bowie is an icon, probably the most inventive musician during the last 80 years. To have worked with him on such a personal level was an enormous honour, this collection of images is ‘unseen’, and it shows David in his private off-camera moments.”
was photographed by Tony on a number of occasions, and McGee would personally take the contact sheets from the photoshoots to Bowie
who would sign off on the images and put gold stars on the images of his choice. A number of the original contact sheets will be on display at Imitate Modern, in addition to a retrospective of portraits of David Bowie,
many of which show a personal side of the musician, in contrast to the many characters that he impersonated throughout his career.
About Tony McGee
is a British photographer and filmmaker, whose career spans over four decades. He shot covers for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and travelled internationally photographing for publications such as British and American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and the New Yorker Magazine. He had the opportunity to assist the superstar photographer Helmut Newton, on a number of projects in Paris and St. Tropez, and worked with him in the mid 1970s.
In 1980, McGee was awarded Best British Fashion Photographer of the Year. Since the 1980s McGee photographed various different celebrities, including the iconic fashion model Kate Moss, and worked with the likes of Roxy Music, David Bowie
, George Michael and Tina Turner.