Shooting Starman: Intimate David Bowie Photography

"At 81 years of age, photographer Steve Schapiro has a lifetime of iconic images attributed to his name. His vast experience includes: documenting Robert Kennedy on his presidential bid and capturing the cast on the set of The Godfather; marching on Selma and Washington DC with Martin Luther King, Jr. and immortalizing Robert DeNiro’s Travis Bickle for Taxi Driver; shooting for Life, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and Time and lassoing Midnight Cowboys Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman with his lens. As one of the most revered names in photojournalism, Schapiro just released his seventh photobook, Bowie, which chronicles a two year period of shooting the Thin White Duke, from 1974 to 1976.

“He was extremely easy to work with,” recounts Schapiro. “I’d worked with rock & rollers and because of all the shows he’s done and the images I’d seen, I had expected him to show up with cartons of beer and a whole entourage or something like that. He was extremely calm, intelligent and relaxed. There never was a problem in any way. Quite the opposite. He was extremely inventive in the things that he did. I think sometimes he would get bored with what he had done already and look for something else. Throughout his career, he changed radically all of the time.”"

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