Homage to David Bowie – Photos by Mick Rock in Oslo
This was so far the week’s most pleasant 10-minute diversion.
Just a block north of Oslo’s City Hall is Hommage à David Bowie, a 14-image exhibition of photos of the recently-deceased rocker made by British music photographer Mick Rock, taking pride of place on the street level window gallery of TM 51.
Whether you followed the aftermath of his passing in January closely or from a distance, you were treated to hundreds of iconic images taken by Rock, often described as “the man who shot the seventies”. As Bowie’s official photographer and good friend for four decades, he had great access to the artist during and after his Ziggy Stardust days. That connection is obvious in the images — pure Bowie, especially the candid shots, snaps with Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and others.
It’s those that I particularly appreciated in this exhibit. Some aren’t that much different from the settings of images friends and I took of each other when we were college-aged creatives out to change things — our world, if not the world.
That’s where any similarity, as oblique as it is, ends.