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Outtake Gallery

Outtake colourised by Steve Lowe

The Ziggy Stardust album cover photographic session was shot by the late Brian Ward at night in wet and cold conditions on 13 January 1972 on Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, London.
According to Ward, Bowie had phoned him requesting a shooting location resembling a "Brooklyn alley scene" where he could appear alone like an alien being.

"He was playing on this man from Mars thing. He wanted to come over like a real stranger, like a science fiction movie" - Brian Ward.

 Ward had rented a space upstairs at #29 on the first floor of the Heddon Street building for his photographic studio.

We did the photographs outside on a rainy night...upstairs in the studio we did the Clockwork Orange look-a-likes that became the inner sleeve."  - Bowie

After wrapping up the shoot for the inner-sleeve, Ward suggested taking a few last photos outside in the fading light.
However, the rain
, damp and cold was off-putting for the three Spiders and only Bowie braved the weather, grabbing a Les Paul guitar on his way out.

Bowie was suffering from a very bad flu at the time and the poor weather conditions reportedly did not help his illness.

Bowie's jumpsuit was designed by Freddi Burretti
(Replica from David Bowie Is exhibition)

Photographs were taken of Bowie posing in front of 23 Heddon Street (from different angles); in and around the Heddon Street phone-booth,
and close-ups of him in the doorway and under a street-light. A total of 54 shots were taken by Ward.

“It was lucky it was a damp night, because you’ve got the wet reflection in the road, which gives the whole thing a little bit of atmosphere.”
And Bowie being alone works better than being in a group, as he was, really, the exotic focus.
" - Terry Pastor (Artist & Designer)

Shown here are a number of the session photos, most black and white with some colourised. 
Also shown are the two alternate colourised cover versions that Parlophone used for the Ken Scott 2003 Ziggy Stardust album mix found in the Five Years (1969-1973) box set (2015).

Colourised version of an outtake.

Using the above outtake and coloured in the style of Terry Pastor’s original design, this is Parlophone’s alternative album cover for Ken Scott’s 2003 mix of
"The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" album included in the Five Years (1969-73) box set (2015). 
 

Cropped and colourised outtake (possiby for the March 1984 Picture Disc? (RCA BOPIC 3))

Similar to the final backcover image, this outtake however has Bowie's left hand raised slightly higher. 

Close-up of jumpsuit
(Replica from David Bowie Is exhibition)

Using the above outtake and coloured in the style of Terry Pastor’s original design, this is Parlophone’s alternative album back cover for Ken Scott’s 2003 mix of
"The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" album included in the
Five Years (1969-73) box set (2015).  

 

Colourised by Steve Lowe

    

---This page last modified: 10 Mar 2019---

Ziggy Stardust Scarf (1973)