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David Bowie: New photographs of singer released for tour

David Bowie Image copyright Denis O'Regan
Image caption Some of Denis O'Regan's photographs of Bowie were taken backstage or away from live venues

An exhibition of 40 photographs of David Bowie, some previously unseen, is to begin a nationwide tour in July.

Norwich is the first stop for David & I, which features pictures taken by rock photographer Denis O'Regan.

O'Regan was official tour photographer when most of the photos were taken between 1978 and 1990.

Exhibition organisers said that as well as live shots, many images featured the late singer out and about in countries he was touring.

Image copyright Denis O'Regan
Image caption Concert photos were taken on Bowie's three major solo tours between 1983 and 1990
Image copyright Denis O'Regan
Image caption O'Regan captured Bowie as a tourist while he was touring, including this 1983 shot from Singapore
Image copyright Denis O'Regan
Image caption Bowie poses as Madame Tussauds prepares to get his eyes right for a waxwork

O'Regan said: "It represented me being on tour, and also doing stuff on the tour that had nothing to do with the tour.

"David had never been photographed in this way before... this was the first time anyone had really been given that access.

"If you're there all the time, you get a lot more coverage."

The touring exhibition was arranged by Mark Overton, who runs a gallery at Carleton Forehoe near Norwich.

He said about half the O'Regan photos will be fresh for the public and they were mainly taken on the Serious Moonlight, Glass Spider and Sound & Vision tours between 1983 and 1990.

Image copyright Denis O'Regan
Image caption Denis O'Regan said: "If I had to choose one [favourite] it would be one of the shots of David by the Berlin Wall"
Image copyright Denis O'Regan
Image caption Denis O'Regan (right) takes a selfie with Bowie

Mr Overton said: "Denis and David were good friends, so it's a tribute to Denis he was allowed to take so many photographs in so many different circumstances.

"Having reviewed an awful lot of photographers, Denis's work with David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Duran Duran and Thin Lizzy is tremendous and I'm not sure there are too many photographers with that range in their portfolio - so he's very important, spans a very long time and he is still working."

The one-day exhibition starts at the Mini dealership at Forest Way in Norwich on 28 July and then visits other showrooms in Brighton, Chelmsford, Birmingham, York, Cambourne in Cambridgeshire, Edinburgh and Glasgow between August and November.

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