David Bowie photographs from the Duffy Archive sell for £100,000 in Aberdeen

Original photographic prints of David Bowie from his five sessions with photographer Brian Duffy have been snapped up in Aberdeen as soon as they were released by the Duffy Archive.

The Artists Gallery on Holburn Street sold more than £100,000 of the signed photographic prints over one weekend.
Commenting Garvan Murray of the Artists Gallery said:

“It was a great honour to be one of the first galleries in the world to host these famous photographs from the famous five sessions that Duffy had with David Bowie. We thought we might sell one or two prints, but were amazed at the interest.

“Collectors saw this as an opportunity to own an iconic photo that will be a constant reminder of the David Bowie’s huge contribution to not just the music world, but also to art as well. The strong demand is a good indicator that these prints will be an investment that will increase in value over the years.”

The Five Sessions collection recalls the five photographic sessions that Brian Duffy had with David Bowie over a decade. The most famous of the photographs, dating from the 1970s, were the ones used for David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album.

Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive ™

But, while the cover shot for that album must be one of the most iconic album cover photographs ever, Brian Duffy’s work also featured on David Bowie’s other projects, including Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Scary Monsters and The Lodger.

Brian Duffy started his photographic career in 1955 gaining his first fashion photographic commission for the Sunday Times. By the early 1960s he was ranked alongside other top photographers, David Bailey and Terence Donovan. Recognised as having redefined British photography, they were named “Terrible Trio” by the Sunday Times and the “Black Trinity” by Norman Parkinson.

In 1979 Brian Duffy decided to call an end to his photographic career and attempted to burn his negatives. He was stopped by a council employee, sent to investigate the smoke. Persuaded to resume his career he shot photographs for one last David Bowie album cover – Scary Monsters.

In 2009 Duffy had his first exhibition in London and in the same year the BBC broadcast a one-hour documentary ‘The Man Who Shot the Sixties’ focussing on his life and work. Brian Duffy died in 2010 age 76.

The Artists Gallery has been the exclusive gallery in Scotland for the Duffy Archive Collection since 2012. Following the David Bowie Five Sessions show, the Artists Gallery is now showing Duffy’s Fashion Collection.

• The Artists Gallery is at 403 Holburn Street, Aberdeen AB10 7GS. Their website is www.albumcoverart.co.uk.
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