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Bailey’s Stardust

Bailey Stardust


Publication Date: 6 February 2014
Price: £45
ISBN: 978 1 85514 452 1
Format: 330 x 254mm
Illustrations: 300 colour and tritone
Extent: 272 pages
Binding: Hardback
Category: Art/Monograph
Word Count: 17,000

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By David Bailey

As one of the world’s most distinguished and distinctive photographers, David Bailey has made an outstanding contribution to the medium, and creating imaginative and thought-provoking portraits has always been central to his work. For this remarkable book Bailey has selected from his archive many previously unseen portraits from across a career that has spanned more than half a century.


‘It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer … it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.’ David Bailey The portraits in this book have been personally selected by Bailey from the wide range of subjects and groups that he has captured so brilliantly over the last five decades: actors, writers, musicians, politicians, film-makers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels to Australia, India, Sudan and Papua New Guinea; many of them famous, some unknown, all of them engaging and memorable. Bailey’s Stardust will be accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in spring 2014, which will then tour to venues on four continents. The book, like the exhibition, is structured thematically, with iconic images presented alongside many lesser-known and previously unseen portraits, and includes an illuminating introduction by the art historian Tim Marlow. Initially engaged as an assistant to John French in 1959, Bailey was contracted by British Vogue the following year. He has since worked for the French, Italian and American editions of the magazine, created album sleeves for major recording artists such as the Rolling Stones, directed television commercials, and made documentary films, including in-depth studies of Cecil Beaton, Luchino Visconti and Andy Warhol. Bailey’s photographs helped to define the cultural and social scene of the 1960s, and immortalising figures from the worlds of fashion, music, film and art soon elevated Bailey to the status of celebrity himself. Antonioni’s cult film Blow-up (1966), about a London fashion photographer, was inspired by Bailey, whose life was also dramatised recently in the BBC film We’ll Take Manhattan (2012), which tells the story of his 1962 New York fashion shoot with the model Jean Shrimpton.


David Bailey is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. His previous publications include Heroes (2010), Eye (2009), 8 Minutes: Hirst & Bailey (2009), NY JS DB 62 (2007), Havana (2006), Bailey’s Democracy (2005), Chasing Rainbows (2001), Trouble and Strife (1980), Papua New Guinea (1975) and Box of Pin-Ups (1964). He was awarded the CBE in 2001. Tim Marlow is a British art historian who has written widely on art and culture. He has presented numerous radio and television programmes, including Kaleidoscope, Culture Shock, Newsnight Review and Great Artists: From Giotto to Turner, for which he also wrote the accompanying book. He is Director of Exhibitions at White Cube, an international gallery of contemporary art in London, Hong Kong and São Paulo.