David Bowie Scary Monsters 1980


By 1980 Chris’s father – Brian 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 woodworking tools for his new venture – furniture restoration. Without a studio space or an 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.

Images from this session were shot in Chris Duffy’s studio in Little Russell St, London – Which is now home to the Cartoon Museum. After the initial shoot was finished and the makeup was smeared, Duffy suggested that Chris should take some press shots to make use of the remaining session time.

This rarely seen shot is a perfect example showing how Chris was influenced by “The Black Trinity” of photographers which included his Father but retains his own unique style for a different take on the Scary Monsters scene. Some of Chris’ images from this session went on to be used by NME and Melody Maker Magazine for press and were later published in Chris Duffy’s book – Five Sessions Duffy/Bowie book in 2014.


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This fantastic image is available in two options:

Standard Archival Quality 7.5″x 7.5″ Giclee Print in a 12″x 12″ mount. This is the same size as a vinyl record sleeve for convenient framing.

Standard Archival Quality 10″ x 8″ in a 19.5″ x 19.5″ mount. This is our largest open edition option.

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10" x 10", 7.5" x 7.5"

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