There are less than two weeks to go until our new exhibition of David Bowie‘s “UNSEEN” photographs takes place at our gallery. These never before seen photographs were taken by British photographer Tony McGee, who has truly managed to capture the multi-faceted nature of Bowie, both as an artist and as an individual.
McGee was first introduced to David Bowie by Mick Jagger’s wife Jerry Hall at a cocktail party hosted by producer Michael White. Days later, Bowie’s record label was asking Tony to shoot the publicity for Bowie’s Lets Dance tour, 1983. From there, six photoshoots – including a cover for The Face – and a 30 year-long friendship unfolded.
“Without a shadow of doubt, the first shoot I did with David was the most memorable as it was the beginning of a trust and a loyalty between photographer and subject. As you can imagine, photographing such a musician made it difficult to know which music to play at the photo session. So I put Diana Ross and The Supremes, Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and Bob Dyland…and more.”
– Tony McGee for It’s Nice That
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, Vogue Italia, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and the New Yorker Magazine.
To find out more about Tony McGee take a closer look at our previous blog post.
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As seen in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery