Art on show in Brighton & Hove and Sussex
Fans of Bowie have been given extra time to catch up with a highly acclaimed exhibition of intimate portraits of the star. The show opened in October 2020 and was due to close this summer but has been extended until January 2022 to allow fans to see the amazing collection of images by photographer Geoff MacCormack.
MacCormack’s close friend from the age of eight was David Jones – the boy who would later become David Bowie – one of the most influential performers in music, fashion and theatrical stage craft of the twentieth century.
In 1973 Bowie called his childhood friend and suggested he join his band The Spiders from Mars and go on a worldwide adventure, that would see them traveling first class by sea to New York and then on to Japan, then to Siberia, through Russia by Trans-Siberian Express, to Moscow for May Day Parade, Poland, East and West Germany, just in time for tea at the George V Hotel in Paris, followed by a relaxing holiday in Rome, just to chill out.
And just when Geoff thought the fun might be over, Bowie said; “Would you mind being a Diamond Dog and coming back to New York on an even better ship, eating caviar every day and joining another band, then another band, helping out on a few albums and generally hanging out and having the time of your life for a couple more years?”
Geoff did not hesitate and became Bowie’s backing singer and percussionist in 1973 on the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane world tour. Arriving in Japan, Geoff ditched his Kodak Instamatic camera in favour of a Nikon and began taking a few images here and there, starting in Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Railway and ending two and a half years later in Los Angeles during the Station To Station sessions.
Because Bowie disliked flying, they traveled together by cruise liner and trains across the world giving MacCormack and his camera the opportunity to capture Bowie at his most informal and relaxed.
From Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane of Britain’s Glam Rock years, the ground-breaking Diamond Dogs tour across the USA and their obsession with American Soul music, to Bowie’s first major film The Man Who Fell to Earth (1975) and the recording of Station to Station and his Thin White Duke persona, this exhibition of intimate photographs some of which have never been seen before in a public exhibition, gives a glimpse of a close friendship, travel and life on the road with one of the greatest rock stars of all time.
The show includes up to 80 large original framed photographs of Bowie by MacCormack. These photographs are complemented by a short film shot by Bowie on their trip to Moscow in 1973, music videos of Bowie and MacCormack on stage together, film excerpts and music in the galleries.
RPMT CEO Hedley Swain said: “This show was sold out as soon as it opened in October. Sadly we had to close because of the lockdown. We’ve extended until January 2022 to give everyone a chance to see it. We expect it will be extremely popular so urge everyone to book their tickets soon.”
Michael Bedingfield, Chair of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust said: “Bowie was one of the most influential and captivating artists ever and we know this show has been a big hit to the visitors who have already been lucky enough to see it. The images offer a rare glimpse into a fascinating time of his life spent with one of his oldest friends.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this exhibition at Brighton Museum as our major show on reopening after the lockdown. Don’t forget to book your tickets online on our website.”
To visit the Bowie show, you’ll need a ticket: ticket prices: residents of Brighton and Hove £5.50/kids £3; non residents £12/kids £6.60. Tickets must be booked in advance – booking info click here
About Geoff McCormack
After three years of touring, recording and travelling with Bowie, Geoff started an award winning (Gold Clio, Ivor Novello) music production partnership with Simon Goldenberg, writing music for high end advertising, films and TV.
Their assignments took them to New York, Los Angeles, Europe and Brazil. They scored a top three hit with one of their TV ads, which in turn, resulted in them recording an album for Warner Bros.
Geoff now sells his images of his childhood friend David Jones AKA Bowie around the world, and has exhibited in the UK, St Petersburg Russia and America.