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David Bailey

(1938-), Photographer and film-maker

Sitter in 19 portraits
Artist of 35 portraits
Graduating from being an assistant with fashion photographer John French in 1959, Bailey began the 1960s with a contract with Vogue to become the decade's iconic chronicler with two defining portrait publications David Bailey's box of pin-ups (1965) and Goodbye Baby and Amen (1969). They focussed on a new social order that evolved from the decade of change. Bailey was a leading figure in the Swinging Sixties London scene and provided some of the inspiration for the role of the photographer, played by David Hemmings, in Antonioni's cult film Blow Up (1966.) Bailey had his first Museum exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 1971.

More on Bailey: Bailey in conversation

Watch a film clip on the photographer from the BBC Archive in the Media section below

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David Bailey, by John Swannell - NPG P717(1)

David Bailey

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1970
NPG P717(1)

Six photographers with their favourite models, by Terence Daniel Donovan - NPG x135756

Six photographers with their favourite models

by Terence Daniel Donovan
modern bromide print, 1960s
NPG x135756

David Bailey; Jean Shrimpton, by Peter Rand - NPG x136000

David Bailey; Jean Shrimpton

by Peter Rand
bromide print, 1962
NPG x136000

David Bailey, by Terry O'Neill - NPG x125464

David Bailey

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 1965
NPG x125464

David Bailey, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14019

David Bailey

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1965
NPG x14019

David Bailey, by Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield - NPG x128480

David Bailey

by Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield
archival inkjet print, April 1969
NPG x128480

John Swannell; David Bailey, by John Swannell - NPG x134776

John Swannell; David Bailey

by John Swannell
archival digital print, 1971
NPG x134776

David Bailey; Cecil Beaton, by Unknown photographer - NPG x14055

David Bailey; Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1971
NPG x14055

Photographers at Cap D'Antibes, by John Swannell - NPG x134401

Photographers at Cap D'Antibes

by John Swannell
archival digital print, 1977
NPG x134401

David Bailey, by Roger George Clark - NPG x15080

David Bailey

by Roger George Clark
bromide print, 1 May 1979
NPG x15080

David Bailey; Patrick Lichfield; Terence Donovan, by John Swannell - NPG x25285

David Bailey; Patrick Lichfield; Terence Donovan

by John Swannell
bromide fibre print, circa 1980
NPG x25285

David Bailey, by John Swannell - NPG x35962

David Bailey

by John Swannell
bromide print on card mount, 1981
NPG x35962

David Bailey, by Steve Pyke - NPG x29994

David Bailey

by Steve Pyke
bromide print, 1984
NPG x29994

David Bailey, by Ben Hassett - NPG x199260

David Bailey

by Ben Hassett
bromide print, 2014
NPG x199260

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

David Bailey; Catherine Bailey

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 28 October 1986
NPG P1849

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

David Bailey

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, January 1989
NPG P1848

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Cecil Beaton; David Bailey

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1971
NPG x182363

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