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The Archer, 1976 Original Photo from David Bowie’s 1976 Tour, Signed by Photographer John Rowlands

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Donated by: John Rowlands

Artist: John Rowlands
Title: The Archer
Year created: 1976
Medium: Photograph
Edition: Original
Height (inches): 24
Width (inches): 18
Signed by the artist
Signed Area: front
This piece is unframed.
Includes a certificate of authenticity.

In December 2016, Twitter launched an extraordinary billboard campaign featuring rock legend, David Bowie, who had passed away in January of that year. The image they chose was John Rowlands’ iconic photo called The Archer, which captured Bowie onstage at Maple Leaf Gardens during his 1976 Station to Station Tour. The image is not only striking; it was one of Bowie's favorite photos of himself. It is also one of Rowlands’ favorite captures from his 58-year career. 

This original photograph measures 24”x18” and was printed from the actual negative on Epson archival acid-free paper using a giclee process. Rowlands used India ink to sign the photograph.

When graciously donating the photograph to Safe Port Initiative, Rowlands shared the story behind the famous photograph. “I saw the angle the night before in Montreal. It was a lighting cue for the guy running spotlights that the stage was to go black when David’s fingers looked like they had just released an arrow. I captured the image the following night at Maple Leaf Gardens and developed it in the darkroom I had set up in my hotel bathroom. When I met David for breakfast the following morning, he fell in love with the image and dubbed it ‘The Archer.’ The rest is history.”

The Archer was also chosen by London's Victoria and Albert Museum for their Bowie retrospective David Bowie Is. Now this historic photo, including Certificate of Authenticity and Certificate of Provenance, can be yours!

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