Project Description

Bowie Memories

Images by Brian Aris

Published 17 December 2020.

Bowie Memories —Images by Brian Aris, features the very best work from Brian Aris’s extensive David Bowie archives.

This beautiful signed and numbered limited edition book measures 12 x 12 inches and contains 166 pages of Brian’s photographs and personal recollections from his many sessions with David Bowie between 1985 and 2000. Many of the photographs have never been published before.

The signed hardcover book is housed in its own presentation box and is accompanied by a signed and numbered limited edition photograph of David Bowie selected by Brian Aris. Book and print have matched edition numbers.

The edition size is small – just 350 individually signed and numbered books are available to collectors worldwide.

The signed and numbered limited edition hardcover book and the matched signed and numbered limited edition print

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More about the book 

The book contains the very best of Brian Aris’s photographs of David Bowie from 1985 to 2000, accompanied by Brian’s stories behind the sessions.

Brian met David Bowie for the first time in 1985, while shooting backstage at Live Aid at Wembley stadium. Brian recalls: “David’s arrival behind the scenes took me by surprise, as his low-key manner was so much at odds with his on-stage image. Here was a quiet, well-dressed, softly spoken but obviously very articulate man, politely shaking hands with all the backstage crew as he introduced himself.” The pictures were taken quickly, David posing with Bob Geldof and then on his own. Brian was at Wembley in 1986 to witness David Bowie and Mick Jagger perform “Dancing In The Street”, and photographed him again at the wedding of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates.

He photographed David in Dublin in 1991, both in a studio setting and on stage at close quarters playing live at The Baggot Inn with Tin Machine. He accompanied David Bowie to Rome in October 1991 when the band played at the Teatro Brancaccio. In 1992 David asked him to photograph the rehearsals at Bray Studios for the tribute to Freddie Mercury, and the subsequent performance at Wembley.

In June 1992 Brian photographed David and Iman’s wedding celebrations in Florence. As Brian recalls: “I had worked for many years with David’s publicist Alan Edwards of The Outside Organisation and we have shared many wonderful experiences together. But when Alan called to say that David was going to be marrying Iman and that they wanted me to shoot their wedding it felt quite bizarre. But then, when he went on to explain that the ceremony was going to be held at the St James Episcopal church in the Italian city of Florence my heart sank a little. Italy was the original home of the infamous paparazzi, photographers who would go to any length to get their pictures, and they were going to be thrilled with this challenge. Keeping them at bay would be a nightmare. But who could resist an invitation to photograph the most glamorous couple in the world getting married in one of its most beautiful and romantic cities, with the only concern being that of having the dreaded ‘paps’ hot on our heels, trying to break into an event that David did not want them to shoot? What could possibly go wrong…..”

In 1993 Brian and David met up again, this time for a set of of promotional photographs for The Buddha of Suburbia, taken in Bromley in South East London. In 1999 he photographed David and Iman backstage at the concert to raise funds for the Jubilee 2000 campaign.

The final shoot took place in New York in 2000 when David and Iman invited Brian to their home to photograph them with their newly-born daughter Alexandria. It was during a break in this shoot that David took a picture of Brian and turned it into a signed artwork that he presented to Brian before he left the building. As Brian remembers: “That print remains one of my proudest possessions, a constant reminder to this day that I had the privilege of knowing and working with David at a time when I believe he was at his happiest.”

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Sample pages from Bowie Memories — Images by Brian Aris

Take a look at some of the double page spreads from Bowie Memories — Images by Brian Aris in the slideshow.

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Bowie Memories — Images by Brian Aris facts and figures

12 x 12 inch limited edition hardcover book, 166 pages.

More than 150 photographs, many previously unpublished 

A worldwide limited edition of 350 copies, each book signed and numbered by Brian Aris

Supplied with a limited edition 12 x 12 inch photograph, signed and numbered by Brian Aris

Book and photograph have matched edition numbers.

Book and photograph housed in black presentation box with inset image in lid.

No extra delivery costs for shipping to a UK mainland address.

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The front cover of the book 
The book and the limited edition photograph

The limited edition photograph

Each book is accompanied by a signed and numbered limited edition photograph, which is suitable for framing.

The print has an image size measuring approximately 10 x 10 inches (26 x 26 cm) on paper measuring approximately 11.5 x 11.5 inches (29 x 29 cm) .

The image chosen by Brian Aris is from his session with David Bowie in Dublin in 1991.

Each archival pigment print is made by Brian and then signed and numbered by him on the front under the image area.

The book and the print have matched edition numbers.

If you would like us to organise framing please get in touch.

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Brian Aris by David Bowie

Bowie Memories

Images by Brian Aris

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The box lid with inset image, the book sitting in the box base, and the limited edition photograph