the session at the harpan, reykjavik 2016In July of 1995 Time Out magazine commissioned Gavin to shoot David Bowie for a cover feature. Over two decades later this 40 minute photographic session has come to be recognised as a uniquely significant cultural and historical record of the legendary artist. The Session is a touching and intimate exposé as Evans’ ability to unmask his subjects is revealed throughout this earthly depiction of the Starman. It is a vivid portrayal of an irreverent and unguarded Bowie.
Since the untimely death of Bowie the public worldwide have embraced and claimed Evans’ portraits. The image of Bowie silencing the viewer was collectively christened ‘Shh’ by the public before the photographer could title the image. Evans’ portraits resonate as they are a departure from the fashion, posed and stylised depictions of Bowie. Through his portraits the audience can relate to Bowie the man and his humanity. Not only did the public take Evans’ portraits to heart, Bowie himself also acknowledged the strength of his work. Of all the portraits taken of Bowie one of Evans’ was a favourite of the artist. Bowie instructed the portrait of him coming out of the dark to run on the cover and final page of the V&A’s ‘Bowie Is’ book.
In 2016 The Session was exhibited at The Institute Berlin, The Harpan Reykjavik, Espronceda Centre for Art and Culture Barcelona, A Galerie Paris and Photogalerie Sweden. His images have been recognised by prestigious academies, institutions and cultural bodies worldwide. A plethora of Bowie books and biographies have reproduced Evans’ images on their cover including: Lesley-Ann Jones Hero: David Bowie, Chris Welch David Bowie: Changes, Christopher Sandford Loving the Alien and David Buckley Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story.
Gavin’s portraits have graced the covers of periodicals and magazines including The Guardian, Paris Match and Rolling Stone magazine. Sotheby’s chose his images to signal the hugely anticipated auction of Bowie’s art collection. The BBC, CNN, Sky TV and others channels used his images to illustrate Bowie features. The producers of Bowie’s musical Lazarus chose Evans’ photograph as their lead image while The Grammy’s ran his portrait to promote the world’s premier music award ceremony. The Rubens House in Antwerp are currently using Evans’ portrait to publicise the exhibition of David Bowie’s Tintoretto.
the session at theinstitute.berlin gallery 2016