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July 28, 2014

The Outtakes of David Bowie's Iconic “Heroes” Album Cover Shoot in 1977

Masayoshi Sukita found his perfect muse in David Bowie. The photographer has worked with the pop icon for 40 years, taking pictures of Bowie throughout his artistic eras—and personas. In 1977, Sukita took what would become an iconic image of Bowie: the cover of his “Heroes” album.

The album is considered one of his best by critics, notably for the contributions of guitarist Robert Fripp who flew in from the U.S to record his parts in one day. It was named NME Album of the Year.

The cover photo by Masayoshi Sukita was inspired by the painting Roquairol by German artist Erich Heckel, in which the subject strikes a similar pose. As was that of ‘The Idiot’ – one of Bowie’s collaborations with Iggy Pop that was released the same year.

These outtakes from the photo session that yielded the “Heroes” cover, were shot inside Sukita's studio in Tokyo in April, 1977.


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