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
by David Bailey
bromide print from 15 x 12 inch negative, 1986