David Bowie | Geoff MacCormack Collection

The Lucy Bell Gallery is currently showing an exhibition of extraordinary photographs by Geoff MacCormack, documenting his time and travels with his "brilliant pal" David Bowie.

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"Just suppose your Brilliant Pal said 'Will you join my band [The Spiders from Mars] and come on a tour?  And would you mind awfully if we travelled [first class] by sea to New York, and then sailed from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Canada, Hawaii and on to Japan?  And then, from Japan to Siberia, through Russia [Trans-Siberian Express] to Moscow [for May Day Parade], Poland, East and West Germany, just in time for tea at the George V Hotel in Paris?  Followed by a relaxing holiday in Rome, just to chill out?"

And then, just suppose, when you thought all the fun had finished, your Brilliant Pal said : "Would you mind being a dog [Diamond], and coming back to New York on an even better ship, eating caviar every day and joining another band, then another band, helping out on a few albums [six], and generally hanging out and having the time of your life for a couple more years?  Supposing all that happened...Wouldn't it be fantastic to have kept a photo or two?"  Geoff MacCormack aka Warren Peace

TeamPB were privileged to meet Geoff MacCormack at the preview of his exhibition at the Lucy Bell Gallery earlier this month.  In a world where everyone appears to be a photographer, Geoff is adamant that he is not.  Instead he said he had a fortunate few years travelling with a great friend.  His portraits of Bowie are captivating - Bowie appears to be looking right at you, allowing the viewer an intimate moment with their hero.  There are also beautiful captured moments of reportage, a style of photography that today is so often fabricated and controlled.  A worthy exhibition.  At the Lucy Bell Gallery St.Leonard's until September 13th 2018.

 

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