David Bowie: Candid pictures of singer on tour go on display

  • By Stuart Maisner
  • BBC News

Image source, Geoff MacCormack

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The candid images of David Bowie were taken by his friend Geoff MacCormack on tour in the 1970s

A collection of candid photos of David Bowie taken by one of his life-long friends has gone on display.

The exhibition by Geoff MacCormack, who went to school with the star, has opened at a gallery in Deal, Kent.

It features 18 behind-the-scenes images of Bowie, all taken on tour with the influential musician during the 1970s.

Gallery owner Richard Taylor-Jones said the shots show “Bowie at his most relaxed and informal, totally at ease in front of his friend’s camera lens”.

Image source, Geoff MacCormack

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David Bowie and Geoff MacCormack were friends for 60 years

Mr MacCormack met Bowie – then known as David Jones – when the pair were just eight years old at primary school in Bromley, south-east London.

Mr MacCormack said: “We bonded over a love of Little Richard and jazz and remained friends for all of David’s life.”

In the early 1970s, he joined Bowie as a backing musician and vocalist on his Diamond Dogs world tour.

Image source, Geoff MacCormack

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On the set of The Man Who Fell To Earth in New Mexico, 1975

Mr MacCormack said: “I’ve come to realise over the years how important my holiday snaps have become.

“People complimented me on them and now I can see they are really good pictures.

“Being good friends helped get those candid photos.”

Image source, Geoff MacCormack

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David Bowie on the Trans-Siberian Express in 1973

Speaking of their 60-year friendship, Mr MacCormack said: “I was incredibly privileged to know David and that friendship is so important to me.

“David was a kind and generous friend.”

That friendship has been chronicled in a photographic memoir – David Bowie: Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me.

Mr MacCormack’s photos are on display at Taylor-Jones & Son gallery in Deal until 4 November.

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