David Bowie Scary Monsters 1980 "Smoking #1": Limited Edition DUFFY Signed Print 40x40

Regular price $ 4,400.00

David Bowie Scary Monsters Smoking

Framed 40x40 Limited Edition of 10

This image is available as a SIGNED limited edition. 

In 2009-2010 Duffy and his son Chris produced these editions and Duffy signed them shortly before his death.

The front of each SIGNED photograph bears the signature on the lower right and the official Duffy Archive seal embossed on the lower left. All prints are signed and authenticated on the rear by Chris Duffy with full print details including a unique reference number. 

In 1980, the last of the five sessions Duffy shot with Bowie over nine years was taken for the Scary Monsters & Super Creeps album. The Pierrot costume was designed by Natasha Korniloff, with Bowie requesting that she make him ‘The Most Beautiful clown in the circus.’

This outfit and makeup were also worn in the 'Ashes to Ashes' music video released in 1980. Images from the shoot featured all three cover versions of the 7" single.

By 1980, Duffy was winding down his photographic career. His studio was no longer filled with cameras, lights and famous faces of the era. It was replaced with tools for his new venture - antique furniture restoration. Without a studio or assistant, Duffy turned to his son Chris for a venue to shoot David Bowie, the only person who could persuade him to get back behind the lens. Bowie began to pose as the perfect pierrot throughout the session, distressing his look until he was reduced to a dishevelled, smeared, smoking clown.


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