»Bowie – The Session«
Photographs by Gavin Evans
Exhibition: February 20 – March 31, 2016
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11-19h, and by appointment
Berlin based photographer Gavin Evans is renowned for his uncompromising take on portraiture. A roll call of luminaries including Juliette Binoche, Daniel Craig, Dusty Springfield, Morrissey, Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Björk and Terry Gilliam have braved his lens. Evans has been commissioned by many of the worlds leading publications including The New York Times and The Sunday Times magazine. In 2015 The Edinburgh International Festival enlisted Gavin to visually rebrand the world’s biggest arts festival.
The Session is a touching and intimate exposé of the man behind the legend. Evans’ ability to unmask his subjects resonates throughout this earthly depiction of the Starman. The Session is a revealing portrayal of an unguarded Bowie – exuberant, contemplative and exposed.
Images from the acclaimed shoot have been displayed on covers of magazines and newspapers worldwide since the original commission in 1995 by Time Out magazine. Steve Pafforrd’s book ‘Bowie Style’, Christopher Sandford’s ‘Loving the Alien’ and aficionado David Buckley’s biography ‘Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story’ all feature Evans’s images on the cover. Only Duffy’s cover image for Aladdin Sane has been copied and counterfeited more than Evans’ portraits of Bowie.
What distinguishes Evans’ remarkable photographs is a unique connection between artist and photographer. Of all the photographs taken of David Bowie, one of Evans’ became Bowie’s personal all time favourite. Bowie requested the image of him appearing lost and vulnerable to run on the cover and final page of the V&A’s ‘Bowie Is’ exhibition book. The same photograph also hung in his Manhattan office.
The Session marks the opening of Evans’ The Institute – a new contemporary gallery and arts space in Berlin’s Holzmarkt. This exhibition features remastered and previously unseen images on display for the first time.
The exhibition will run simultaneously throughout March at three separate venues in 3 different countries; The Institute Berlin, the Harpan Concert House Reykjavik 17th March and the A-Galerie Paris as part of a major Bowie group exhibition. The Session is scheduled to tour globally 2016.