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New coffee table book of rare Bowie portraits launched with an exhibition in Australia

No music artist has possessed the same innate chameleon-like quality as David Bowie, and when we say ‘innate’, we mean off-the-cuff and never contrived, particularly in his early years.

And no photographer managed to capture Bowie at his eccentric best as did Japanese pix-man, Masayoshi Sukita.

Being released at the end of this month is a giant coffee table book that acts as collaboration between Bowie and Sukita, his lifelong friend and preferred photographer for some 40 years.

Titled Speed Of Life, the book depicts more than 350 photographs, most of them unseen before, offering an extensive visual account of Bowie’s remarkable career from 1972 to present day. That the pictures are captioned with the author’s own recollections and memories makes it even more of an intimate affair.

With specs selected by Bowie, the book has been printed on heavyweight matt art paper and hand-bound in bespoke-dyed calfskin leather on turquoise cloth, making it, quite frankly, one of the most stunning tomes we’ve seen in music history.

Both Bowie and Sukita have signed each limited edition copy, while the singer has even thrown in a specially created 7” vinyl single featuring recordings (parts one and two) of his 1980 recording It’s No Game.

Seriously collectible stuff, and a must-have for avid Bowie fans.


To celebrate the launch of Speed Of Life, author/photographer Masayoshi Sukita will visit Australia when Mossgreen Gallery in South Yarra, Melbourne, hosts an exhibition of signed poster prints of photos from within the book, from 30 August to 2 September. The book and prints are also available to purchase online at www.mossgreen.com.au.

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