david bowie “pin ups” – the story behind the cover

“I remember distinctly that I’d got it with the first shot. It was too good to be true. When I showed Bowie the test Polaroids, he asked if he could use it for the Pin Ups record sleeve.

I said: “I don’t think so, since this is for Vogue. How many albums do you think you will sell?”

“A million,” he replied.

“This is your next album cover!” I said.

When I got back to London and told Vogue, they never spoke to me again. Several weeks later, Twigs and I were driving along Sunset Boulevard and we passed a 60ft billboard of the picture. I knew I had made the right decision.”

Justin de villeneuve on the picture he made that ended up being the cover of bowie’s “pin ups”.  the entire story here by pp+tg.