We celebrated Sukita-san’s photographs of Bowie-san with a broad retrospective in 2013. Now, for this first exhibition in our beautiful new gallery space in the centre of Leamington Spa, we turn the spotlight on 1977, when Sukita-san photographed David Bowie and Iggy Pop in what proved to be a pivotal year in both their careers.
Let’s turn back the clock to April 1977. Iggy Pop had released his debut album The Idiot in March 1977, with David Bowie in the producer’s chair, and the following month, both artists visited Tokyo to promote the album.
What a time to have been a fly on the wall. Even better to have been in the soup. Masayoshi Sukita, who by then had been working with David Bowie for almost five years, photographed them on their trip: at the airport, at press conferences and in their hotel rooms.
Photographs from trip would be used on the front cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” album, released in October of that year, and on the front cover of Iggy Pop’s Party album, released a few years later.
The photograph alongside is my personal favourite. It’s so serene. Just perfect. Hope you can see the exhibition in the flesh, but if not, fill your boots online.