'The idea of a larger-than-life style rock figure struck me around the end of 1970. At that moment in time, rock seemed to have wandered into some kind of denim hell.' - David BowieA series of close-up photographs taken by Mick Rock at Trident Studios, 1972. These images were projected at concerts, building up to Bowie's arrival on stage.
'There was a series of colour shots taken indoors one afternoon. David had just got up. The back cover of the 1972 'Space Oddity' reissue was taken in his son's pink bedroom. Some of them include David holding the original Hunky Dory cover artwork.' - Mick Rock
'Although MTV and its kind did not yet exist, and there were few outlets for showcasing rock videos, Rock and I had long decided that to film certain songs was an excellent way of broadcasting and making indelible and concrete representations of the attitude implied by them.' - David Bowie
'After David saw this session, his manager Tony Defries said to me, "David thinks you see him the way he sees himself... you see him through his own eyes".' - Mick Rock
'I take photographs or stills from my videos, make prints, and fuck around with them - cut them, burn them, engraves them, rip them - there are so many ways that I've approached this.' - Mick RockZiggy Stardust-inspired photographic collage created by Mick Rock, reproduced for the first time on high-gloss acrylic.
'Inevitably and comically, there came a time when Mick Ronson's arms grew tired from holding his guitar at shoulder height and it slid slowly back down to his groin. I didn't stop munching.' - David BowiePerformance shot of Mick Ronson and David Bowie captured onstage at Oxford Town Hall, on 17th June 1972. Rock recalled, 'I processed the film overnight and met David at his management office the next day. He wrote all over the print and persuaded his manager to buy a full page in Melody Maker immediately. This ad created an intense stir.'
The 'Life on Mars?' promo was the final in a quartet of 16mm promo films I produced and directed. David was happy to let me make all the shooting and editing decisions. What was important to him was that they got made. As in all aspects of his career, at this point, David exhibited uncannily prescient instincts.' - Mick RockMick Rock's photographic collage employs images taken during the making of the 'Life on Mars?' promo film and is reproduced for the first time on high-gloss acrylic.
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