david bowie, rock god.

David Bowie, the legendary British musician and a figurehead of pop’s avant-garde, died on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.

Over his five-decade career, he was photographed by some of the best-known photographers; each image often lending credence to the indisputable reputation he had as a shape-shifter musical pioneer.

As the world remembers the artist, TIME LightBox asked photographers to share their best memories of working with Bowie.

Steve Schapiro, photojournalist, U.S.

David Bowie has taken off from Earth in Major Tom’s Starship leaving us with feelings of a great, great loss. Of the creative people I have worked with he stands out with his chameleon-like ability to create vocal and visual characters that play with our minds. His intelligence and talent were continually amazing and his orbit will circle the earth forever.


First photographing David Bowie four decade ago, he would appear in amazing outfits and just as I raised my camera, he would say “wait just a minute I have to fix something.” Twenty minutes later he would come back in something totally different and I had never photographed the first one. Fortunately there were many choices and the last photo I took was at 4 in the morning using the headlights of my car to shoot David on his bike.

Terry O’Neill, fashion and portrait photographer, U.K.

I think it’s the biggest loss since John Lennon. It came as such a surprise to everybody. His loss is going to be felt for a long, long time. In his way, he was as great as Frank Sinatra. There’s not going to be anybody else like him.

He was great to work with. I always enjoyed it. When I did that shot with the dog, I was shooting for Guy Peellaert, the cover artist of his album Diamond Dogs. When I finished, I decided to take some pictures with David and the dog, and the dog leapt up and it became one of the most famous photos in rock ‘n’roll ever since. It’s incredible.

It was impossible to know David Bowie and not to be his friend. He was a very classy man. He was always a worthwhile person. He was always ahead of his time.

In Memoriam: David Bowie
In Memoriam: David Bowie

full story here http://time.com/4174992/david-bowie-photographers-remember-a-rock-god/?xid=tcoshare

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