Mick Rock’s great eye, his unlimited access to Bow

ie and the trust they shared allowed him to capture, in hundreds of photographs and four music video

s, the artist’s transformation into Ziggy Stardust and the ’70s most intriguing and otherworldly ro

ck star,” writes Jasen Emmons, director of curatorial affairs at MoPOP, of the exhibition.

The exhibition opens with a quote from Bowie: “Mick sees me the way I see myself.”

It was what Bowie said to his manager when he reviewed the photos that Rock had taken for him.

Under one photo, shot in a dressing room in Scotland in 1973, a line explains Bowi

e’s creation of Ziggy Stardust, which was heavily influenced by two classical forms of Japanese theater: Kabuki and N

oh. After a six-city tour in Japan in 1973, Bowie began using a special Noh theater makeup palette, which he applied himself.

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