This week, Iconic Images takes a look at the astounding David Bowie archive by Janet Macoska. These images were recently included in the 5 star rated "David Bowie : Icon", which included photographs of Bowie by Macoska and 24 other photographers.
I have been photographing rock & roll professionally since 1974. I discovered my love for rock & roll when The Beatles came to America in 1964, when I was ten years old. At the same time, I discovered my Dad’s camera in the front closet and started photographing my dogs, the kids in the neighborhood… My Mom subscribed to LIFE magazine and I wanted to be a photojournalist who could tell stories about people, famous and not-so-famous, through their photography. Cameras can get you anywhere! My first published photo was a shot of Sonny and Cher at a local radio station. I was 12 years old. Teen Screen magazine paid me $2.00 for the shot.
The discjockeys at the Top 40 radio station in Cleveland, Ohio realised that I was a very serious 12-year-old, who could contain my inner fan in order to be professional and get the job done – no drooling and hysterics. That’s worked for me my entire career. When I’m in front of a rock hero, like David Bowie, I’m as calm as can be. Sometimes I don’t even hear the music. It’s an inner radar that creates a perfect connection and tells me when to click the camera. Classic film photography, remember, is about waiting for the shot… the music, the lights, the moves, the expression. Anticipation. You can’t check your shot. It’s either on the film or not.