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Aladdin Sane
by Celia Philo

Artist:  Celia Philo

Size:  69.5 x 67.5 CM

Year:  2008

Condition:  Excellent

Frame:  Never Framed

Art Movements:  pop art  

Signature:  Hand Signed

Edition:  #119/195

Price:  POA

Medium:  Serigraph and giclée on paper  

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Arty-Fact: “The photographic shoot for the cover of Aladdin Sane, David Bowie’s 1973 album, happened like magic. I always say its success was the result of a lucky collaboration of people who worked together just once, but created something truly special. It was an evening shoot at the photographer Brian Duffy’s studio in Primrose Hill, north London. In the studio there was just Duffy, myself and Pierre La Roche, a French make-up artist who Duffy chose for the shoot. David arrived all by himself; there was no fanfare, no entourage, not even his then-wife, Angie Bowie. There are lots of versions of the story about where the famous lightning flash make-up came from. Duffy – who sadly is no longer with us – had been heard to say that the lightning flash was inspired by a symbol that was on the little electric cooker in our studio. But I recollect all of us sitting round the studio table with a big pad of paper, talking through ideas, jotting them down. We knew that David had appeared wearing costumes with a lightning flash on them in the past, and Pierre said, ‘Let’s put the flash over his face’. I remember thinking, ‘That sounds a good idea’ and so we went with it. The orange, spiked-up hairstyle in the photo looked exactly as it did when David arrived at the studio – we didn’t have to do anything to it. Source: Celia Philo, “The day that lightning struck”, Stylist Interview, 2013 www.addictedgallery.com

Celia Philo

"The photographic shoot for the cover of Aladdin Sane, David Bowie's 1973 album, happened like magic. I always say its success was the result of a lucky collaboration of people who worked together just once, but created something truly special." Graphic designer, Celia Philo joined forces with photographer Brian Duffy to produce the cover for David Bowie's Aladdin Sane in 1973. The record went on to become Bowie's first number 1 album in the UK and made it to Rolling Stones (2012 List) 500 Greatest Albums of All Time ranking in at #279. Philo was charged with directing the shoot for the cover design. The result was one of the most iconic album images ever created. The image, of a lightning flash across Bowie's face, showing his naked torso came about through the creative process. The business of creating the shot was over in a couple of days. The day after the initial shoot Philo and Duffy developed the photographs themselves, watching as the images came to life, and realising that, "We[d] cracked it." The album's cover is credited with being part of the driving force behind glam and punk rock fashion taking over London in a huge way post its release in 1973. Prior to her work with Bowie, Philo had worked with Duffy on the famous Pirelli calendars.

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