BOWIE, David, & SUKITA, Masayoshi
Speed of Life
Guildford : Genesis Publications, 2012. Folio, quarter pink calf over blue cloth, spine lettered in silver, mirrored photographic portrait of Bowie on upper board (still retaining its protective film), all edges silver, black endpapers with pink and blue metallic inserts, 7-inch vinyl single housed in lower board, blue and pink silk pagemarkers, in the original clamshell box and black lettered dustbag. Text in English and Japanese. Limited to 2000 copies, signed by David Bowie and Masayoshi Sukita. Accompanied by the original prospectus, invitation to the book launch, and purchase receipt from the book launch, as well as a signed book plate inscribed by Masayoshi Sukita to Manuela Furci.
A rare photographic tribute to the legend of English pop music and his long time photographer Sukita. Limited to 2000 copies of which 200 were reserved for the Australian market. In pristine condition, purchased from the launch in 2012 and stored in perfect condition since.
“The new publication born out of a 40-year collaboration between musician, actor and producer, David Bowie, and photographer and designer, Masayoshi Sukita. The authors have opened up Sukita’s archives to assemble a 300-page photo essay which, captioned with their own recollections and memories, traces the development of Bowie’s remarkable career from 1972 to the present day. A limited edition of just 2,000 numbered copies, each is individually hand signed by David Bowie and Masayoshi Sukita, as well as the artists being involved in every element of the books design. The turquoise and magenta binding colours are directly inspired by two portraits of Bowie shot by Sukita for the Heroes session in 1977. The book is printed onto heavyweight matt art paper and quarter hand-bound in a bespoke-dyed fine-grain leather, onto a turquoise cloth cover as personally selected by David Bowie. Inset onto the front cover is an acrylic mirrored plate featuring an outtake image from the Heroes session. The book is housed in a hand-made slipcase bound in black buckram featuring pink, silver and turquoise foils and fine-grain leather accents on the top and tail edges of the slipcase.
Both authors’ words are written in English and Japanese and the book has two ribbons that denote the synergy between photographer and artist and their respective cultures.A specially created record pressing is included. Here, for the first time together on a 7″ vinyl single, are parts 1 and 2 of David Bowie’s 1980 recording, It’s No Game, originally released on the 1980 album Scary Monsters, presented on a picture disc bearing two portraits from the iconic Heroes session.” – the publisher’s website.
Provenance: Manuela Furci, Director, The Rennie Ellis Archive, Melbourne (purchased at the Australian book launch, Melbourne, 2012).