David Bowie: A London Day

David Bowie,Fitrovia Chapel

The Fitzrovia Chapel presents an exhibition of photographs titled DAVID BOWIE—A LONDON DAY by Kevin Davies. The photographs capture David Bowie over the course of a single day in 1992.

DAVID BOWIE – A LONDON DAY is curated by journalist, author, cultural historian and Bowie fan, Dylan Jones.

In late 1992, David Bowie was preparing for the release of his 18th studio album, Black Tie White Noise. Photographer Kevin Davies was commissioned to photograph Bowie for a series of images which would be used to promote the album. The session took place at a studio space in Clerkenwell on Sunday 13th December 1992, with a selection of images subsequently approved by Bowie for press use, after which Davies placed the original rolls of film, contact sheets and prints in storage where they stayed for almost 30 years.

In 2020, Davies uncovered the boxes to reveal perfectly preserved film negatives of 400+ images from that single day with Bowie, the details of which had been eclipsed by the indistinguishable memory of a luminous presence. The original collection of 450 images captured a then 45-year-old David Bowie styled for Black Tie White Noise, plus a series shot late in the day when Davies asked to capture Bowie “just as you are.”

The exhibition features 20 photographs from across the day with selected images presented as diptychs and triptychs to explore a meditation on the photographic archive. This exhibition takes Bowie as its subject, but it is equally a representation of the afterlife of analogue photography. It explores the intersection of the archive and creative remembrance. The collection is built around a number of Bowie’s own selects taken from his mark-ups on Davies’ original contact sheets and reveals a timeless, almost age-less David Bowie in the prime of his life.

Duration 01 March 2024 - 20 March 2024
Times Monday to Saturday: 11am – 6pm Sundays: 12 noon – 5pm
Cost Free
Venue The Fitzrovia Chapel
Address Fitzroy Place, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF, ,
Contact +44 (0)20 3409 9895 / info@fitzroviachapel.org / www.fitzroviachapel.org/