Masayoshi Sukita is a Japanese photographer/designer who first met David Bowie in London in August 1972. Before having even heard his music, Sukita saw a striking poster of David Bowie promoting a concert and felt he had to go, purely on the strength of the poster. Sukita admired Bowie’s innovative performance style and related to his cinematic influences, and secured a meeting to present his portfolio to Bowie's former manager. This was no mean feat, considering his English was very limited. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and a portrait session with Bowie was arranged. This photo-shoot, in the summer of 1972, began a 40-plus-year collaboration between the two artists.
In 1977 Sukita took the iconic cover shoot for Bowie’s “Heroes” album. This is perhaps Sukita's most famous photograph of David Bowie. Here, below is a collection of outtakes from the photo session that yielded the “Heroes” cover, shot by Masayoshi Sukita.