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Ashes to Ashes In Memory 1947-2016 was published as a limited edition print by Terry Pastor this year. It is based on a shot from the 1971 Hunky Dory photo session. David Bowie's legendary 1970s album covers for Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, were both designed Terry Pastor, and this commemorative edition has been re-mastered and re-coloured, enlarging the black border from the design and annotating it with the years of David Bowie's life. Having left school aged 15 to work as a commercial artist, it was losing his job in a studio in Fleet Street that landed Pastor the work on the Hunky Dory album. “I was sacked from the art studio in 1964 basically for having long hair and looking like a Rolling Stones clone,” he said. The Hunky Dory cover began with a black-and-white photograph, the style of which was influenced by a Marlene Dietrich photo book that the 24 year old Bowie took with him to the shoot, telling photographer Brian Wood, “this is how I want to look”. The resulting photograph, a perfect metaphor for the album's visionary blend of gay camp, flashy rock guitar and saloon-piano balladry (Rolling Stone, 12/11/2003), was allegedly taken during one of Bowie’s cigarette breaks. It was lifted to its position among the greats of album cover art when it was handed to Pastor, who applied colour using photo-dyes with a DeVilbiss Super 93 airbrush. Bowie was so pleased that he commissioned the Ziggy Stardust cover using the same techniques. Ashes to Ashes In Memory 1947-2016 offers something unique to the David Bowie collector - a image that is instantly recognisable and yet uncommon. A special thing, only one of 30.
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