Bowie by Sukita – From London to Japan

Acclaimed photographer Masayoshi Sukita is the man behind many world-famous portraits of David Bowie. Now his unforgettable photos of the star are coming to Sweden for the first time, in a major exhibition at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

Bowie by Sukita – From London to Japan features more than 100 iconic portraits of David Bowie and a unique look into the long friendship between the photographer and the superstar. Sukita, who followed Bowie for 40 years, is the photographer behind many of the most famous portraits of the artist, such as the cover of the legendary album Heroes from 1977.

"Seeing David Bowie on stage opened my eyes to his creative genius. I was watching Bowie perform with Lou Reed and it was really powerful. Bowie was different from other rockers, he had something special that I knew I had to photograph." Masayoshi Sukita

The two met via Sukita’s friend Yasuko Takahashi, a stylist whose works included Bowie’s stage costumes during his Ziggy Stardust era. The meeting was the beginning of a long friendship.

Masayoshi Sukita

After studying photography, Masayoshi Sukita (born in 1938) moved to Tokyo in 1965, where he worked as a fashion and advertising photographer. In the early 1970s, he took a liking to the music and art scenes of New York and London. He met David Bowie for the first time in 1972.

Besides his partnership with Bowie, Sukita also photographed countless other artists like Iggy Pop, Joe Strummer, Y.M.O, The B-52's, Devo, P.I.L., as well as film industry greats like Jim Jarmusch and Shuji Terayama.

In 2009, Sukita was represented in the exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. In 2012, solo exhibitions were held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Paul Smith Space Gallery in London. In 2013, he was responsible for many of the material in the exhibition David Bowie is at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, which broke visitor records. That same year, a large retrospective of his works toured throughout Japan.

For opening hours and tickets, see our Swedish page about the exhibition.

Film screenings

In connection with the exhibition, the cinema Klarabiografen at Kulturhuset will show a series of films about David Bowie. Read more about Klarabiografen.

Borrow Bowie’s favourite books

Ever wonder what David Bowie read? Explore his favourite books and borrow some from the Bowie Library.  

Curator: Maria Patomella  
Co Curators Maurizio Guidoni & Vittoria Mainoldi
The exhibition is a production by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in partnership with One Arte Contemporanea and photographer Masayoshi Sukita.