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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.

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Jean Shrimpton, by David Bailey - NPG P954

Jean Shrimpton

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1963
NPG P954

Mick Jagger, by David Bailey - NPG P952

Mick Jagger

by David Bailey
bromide print, December 1964
NPG P952

Michael Caine, by David Bailey - NPG P951

Michael Caine

by David Bailey
bromide print, May 1965
NPG P951

Robert Fraser Gallery group, by David Bailey - NPG P953

Robert Fraser Gallery group

by David Bailey
bromide print, October 1968
NPG P953

Kenneth Peacock Tynan, by David Bailey - NPG P955

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by David Bailey
bromide print, November 1968
NPG P955

Jane Birkin, by David Bailey - NPG P950

Jane Birkin

by David Bailey
bromide print, March 1969
NPG P950

Diana, Princess of Wales, by David Bailey - NPG P397

Diana, Princess of Wales

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1988
NPG P397

Tracey Emin, by David Bailey - NPG 6887

Tracey Emin

by David Bailey
silkscreen print, 2006
NPG 6887

Marianne Faithfull, by David Bailey - NPG x28723

Marianne Faithfull

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1964
NPG x28723

Reggie Kray; Ronnie Kray, by David Bailey - NPG x126466

Reggie Kray; Ronnie Kray

by David Bailey
bromide print, April 1965
NPG x126466

Reggie Kray; Frances Kray (née Shea), by David Bailey - NPG x126467

Reggie Kray; Frances Kray (née Shea)

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1 April 1965
NPG x126467

Frances Kray (née Shea), by David Bailey - NPG x126468

Frances Kray (née Shea)

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1 April 1965
NPG x126468

Jean Shrimpton, by David Bailey - NPG x22574

Jean Shrimpton

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1969
NPG x22574

Julie Christie, by David Bailey - NPG x6028

Julie Christie

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1969
NPG x6028

Sandy Denny, by David Bailey - NPG x134592

Sandy Denny

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1972
NPG x134592

Margaret Thatcher, by David Bailey - NPG x125612

Margaret Thatcher

by David Bailey
bromide fibre print, 1975
NPG x125612

John Swannell, by David Bailey - NPG x126175

John Swannell

by David Bailey
modern bromide print from original negative, 1980s
NPG x126175

Bill Brandt, by David Bailey - NPG x22494

Bill Brandt

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1982
NPG x22494

Mark Haworth-Booth, by David Bailey - NPG x133163

Mark Haworth-Booth

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1986
NPG x133163


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