The legendary cover of “Heroes”, the almost alien “Loves to be Loved”, the iconic “Watch That Man III”… Portraits of David Bowie entered the history of rock. And of photographic art. Just a few iconic shots from the "Heroes - Bowie by Sukita" exhibition, which opens on Saturday (10 October) at Palazzo Sant'Elia, in Palermo, which hosts it until 31 January 2021. Over one hundred extraordinary, immersive works, a real pick to penetrate Bowie's visionary universe that Sukita was able to interpret as a refined esthete. “Heroes - Bowie by Sukita” testifies to the long relationship, professional and personal, between the rock star and the Japanese master, probably the most important photographer with whom the White Duke has ever worked.
Some portraits are exhibited for the first time in Italy. "Heroes - Bowie by Sukita" also presents an immersive video installation to allow the visitor to immerse themselves in the world of Bowie and Sukita.
The collaborative relationship between Bowie and Sukita was born in 1972 when the photographer arrived in London to immortalize Marc Bolan and the T-Rex and, although unaware of who David Bowie was, decides to go to one of his concerts because irresistibly attracted to the manifesto that promoted him. and depicted Bowie with one leg up, on a black background. Sukita recalls of that moment: “Seeing David Bowie on stage opened my eyes to his creative genius. In that circumstance I watched Bowie perform with Lou Reed and he was really powerful… Bowie was different from other rock stars, he had something special that I absolutely had to capture with my camera ”.