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.
Rock featured prominently in coverage and remembrances of Bowie’s death. A couple that stand out are here: a January 12, 2016 piece in The Guardian and this January 17, 2016 interview in Vice. Also check out this September 2015 story in Rolling Stone where Rock discusses his book, The Rise of David Bowie: 1972-1973 [Amazon link].
For posterity’s sake I snapped all but one with my phone; apologies in advance for the glare and somewhat less than true color. You can see better versions of each of the photos here.
TM51 Window Gallery (Fritjof Nansens plass 6)
Through 30 August 2016
These are all available as limited edition prints; price list and specifics are in the last image below. Prices are in Norwegian Krone; 1 USD = 8.16 NOK, 1 EUR = 9.27 NOK (09 Jun 2016).
Oslo, Norway, 08 June 2016