Never-seen-before Photos Of 20-year-old David Bowie Before Stardom

These early photos of David Bowie were shot by Gerald Fearnley, a professional photographer famous for capturing the front cover shot for Bowie’s first album, David Bowie, in the ’60s. You can see many more in the book newly released by Fearnley titled “Bowie Unseen: Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man” (link below).
In 1967, a 20-year-old David Jones decided to change his name to avoid confusion with the lead singer of the Monkees. He decided on ‘Bowie’. By this time, Jones had been playing music for 5 years, appearing in and out of various bands, singing rock and roll at local youth gatherings, any pub that would have him and even a few weddings.
Now – fifty years since the original photo session and release of David Bowie’s debut album – the unseen photos of Gerald Fearnley are presented for the first time. These whimsical, youthful images capture the artist as a young man only a few years before he’d transform himself into Ziggy Stardust and launch a career that would become one of the most successful and influential in the history of modern music. But at that time, he was just starting out – creating his first persona; David Bowie.

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

Never seen before photos of 20 year old David Bowie before stardom

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