FROM THE ARCHIVES

David Bowie’s Visual Legacy


In W magazine’s August 2011 issue, photographer Tim Walker captured Tilda Swinton in David Bowie-inspired images. In an accompanying interview, the actress shared that she and Bowie share the same “planetary DNA.” And she’s not the only artist who looked to the late musician, who died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 69, for inspiration. In honor of his birthday, here are the best Bowie-inspired photographs from the W Magazine archive.

1

Power Couple: Tilda Swinton Meets David Bowie,” photographed by Tim Walker, styled by Jacob Kjeldgaard; W magazine August 2011.

2

Oh, You Pretty Things” photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Giovanna Battaglia; W magazine March 2012.

3

Bradley Cooper in “Best Performances,” photographed by Tim Walker, styled by Jacob K; W magazine February 2015.

4

Jessica Chastain Gets Into Character” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Edward Enninful.

5

Poor Little Punk Girl” photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, styled by Alex White; W magazine May 2011.

6

Social Studies” photographed by Juergen Teller, styled by Camilla Nickerson; W magazine September 2008.

7

Power Couple: Tilda Swinton Meets David Bowie,” photographed by Tim Walker, styled by Jacob Kjeldgaard; W magazine August 2011.

8

Time is on Their Side” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine November 2012.

9

Fast and Chic” photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Sarah Richardson; W magazine April 2013.

10

Social Studies” photographed by Juergen Teller, styled by Camilla Nickerson; W magazine September 2008.

11

Love Machine” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine March 2015.