Steve Schapiro
  • In his new book, "Bowie: Photographs by Steve Schapiro," photographer Steve Schapiro takes us on set and behind the scenes of his photo shoot with David Bowie, which inturn produced some of the most iconic images and magazine covers of the rock icon. David photographed in a shirt from the 1974 Los Angeles photo shoot.
    Steve Schapiro
  • When Schapiro was asked if he found it hard to edit his images while photographing Bowie he said, “When you work with someone who really is extremely talented, it becomes a collaboration.” Here, David Bowie doing target practice on a break from shooting on "The Man Who Fell to Earth," New Mexico, 1975.
    Steve Schapiro
  • “During the course of this day, he seemed to be trying out new characters, and new attitudes. David took me by surprise when he came out in the red and white striped outfit during the 1974 photo shoot. It was different from what we expected he would be wearing," Los Angeles 1974.
    Steve Schapiro
  • “There was this constant change, and constant invention of characters. It seemed the shoot was about exploring new characters.” Bowie in character on the telephone in Los Angeles, 1974.
    Steve Schapiro
  • When reflecting on David Bowie Schapiro remembers, “He had this sense of growth, a lot of people in Rock & Roll found their niche and stayed with it… With David, it seemed to me once he did something he wanted to grow into something else.” David Bowie portrait, Los Angeles, 1975.
    Steve Schapiro
  • "He arrived in a simple way, no groupies… very calm and quiet. One of my favorite photos of David." Bowie out of character, Los Angeles, 1975.
    Steve Schapiro
  • “He wore that outfit one other time.. It was amazing to see him again in this same, striped, white striped outfit just before he died in the Lazurus video.” Bowie seated drawing circles on the background paper and then the Kabbalah Tree of Life diagram on the floor, Los Angeles, 1974. David Bowie, right, in his final music video "Lazarus."
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  • David Bowie with goggles and bike, Los Angeles, 1974.
    Steve Schapiro
  • "We took portraits against a putrid green background which we both felt was the worst possible color to use as a background for a magazine cover." From the photo shoot for People Magazine, Los Angeles, 1974.
    Steve Schapiro
  • Schapiro's final thoughts on working with David Bowie, “It was taking a genius’s ideas and bringing them into the light of day.” Here, Bowie with a cigarette on a break from filming MFE in New Mexico, 1975. Steve Schapiro's book will hit shelves April 12, 2016. For more information on the book or to see further works visit Steve Schapiro's <a href="http://steveschapiro.com/" target="external">website.</a>
    Steve Schapiro