#MCM: David Bowie as The Sphinx

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David Bowie As The 

The SPhiNX 

By Brain Ward, 1969

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The Story Behind the PICTURES 

This photo shoot of David Bowie was taken by Brian Ward in 1971, also photographing Bowie for his cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars. The b costumes and the jewels we're brought for Bowie by Brain. Bowie had entertained the  he idea of choosing the Egyptian look for his on stage costume. However, instead Bowie opted for his famous persona Ziggy Stardust. 

"Many rock and pop musicians who came of age in the sixties were keen on Aleister Crowley, the Edwardian libertine whose fascination with sex, drugs and spiritual arcana seemed to foreshadow their own. (Crowley’s face appears on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, right next to Mae West’s). Bowie went further than most, lacing his songs with reference to Crowley and mystical symbolism. Bowie dressed as an initiate into one of Crowley’s quasi-Masonic cults for a photo shoot with Brian Ward in 1969, images from which later adorned albums legitimate and not."  (The Globe and Mail) 

"The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time."  -David Bowie

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