David Bailey

Born the 2nd of January 1938, David Bailey is an English photographer. He became a photographic assistant at the John French studio  before becoming a fashion photographer for British Vogue in 1960. His work captured and helped create the ‘Swinging London’ of the 1960s. I recently looked through his book of photography called “Look”. His work is incredibly interesting and focuses mostly on portraits which is something I personally enjoy taking. 

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David Bailey currently has an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London called Stardust. This is separated by a series of contrasting rooms and shows the range of subjects that Bailey has captured including actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels around the world. Rooms include Bailey’s time in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Delhi and the Naga Hills, as well as icons from the worlds of fashion and the arts. The exhibition features over 250 images, personally selected and printed by Bailey.

There is an interesting short documentary on him here: