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David Bailey CBE shot to fame in the 60s, becoming one of the first photographers to gain the same notoriety as the celebrities he photographed. Born in London’s East End in 1938, Bailey bought his first Rolleiflex during his National Service in Malaysia. After demobbing, London fashion photographer John French hired him as an assistant. In 1960, Bailey struck out on his own, capturing the ‘swinging London’ of the 60s. In 1964, he released a collection of half toned prints called Box of Pin Ups, featuring photographs of celebrities including The Beatles, notorious East London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray. Bailey achieved huge success at British Vogue, where he met i-D founder Terry Jones and formed a friendship still going strong today. Bailey’s first i-D cover was in 1984, shooting Sophie Hicks with a gaffa tape cross over her eye. His recent covers include a dreamy Lara Stone and a futuristic Abbey Lee. Bailey has just released a new book entitled Bailey Exposed comprised of his personal work, and will unveil a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2014, featuring his iconic portraits of Jean Shrimpton, Diana Vreeland, Jerry Hall and many more.

Secret Obsession? It’s no secret, it’s life.
Favourite Record? Stravinsky’s Riot of Spring
What would you be doing if you weren’t a photographer? A painter or a film maker.
What is your favourite…
Film? Probably The Crowd by King Vidor.
Place? With Catherine. [Bailey’s wife].

 

 

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