Last Updated July 13, 2018

David Bailey

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Graduating from being an assistant with fashion photographer John French in 1959, David Bailey began the 1960s with a contract with Vogue, and became one of the decade's iconic chroniclers alongside Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers, named by Norman Parkinson 'the Black Trinity'.

David Bailey was born in Leytonstone, East London. At an early age a love of natural history led him into photography. Following National Service and determined to pursue a career in photography, he bought a Canon rangefinder camera. In 1958 nable to obtain a place at the London College of Printing because of a school record, he became an assistant to David Ollins. In 1959, Bailey had moved to the John French studio, and in May 1960, he was a photographer for John Cole's Studio Five, before being contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue magazine later that year. His ascent at Vogue was meteoric. Within months he was shooting covers and, at the height of his productivity, he shot 800 pages of Vogue editorial in one year.

Bailey rose to fame making stars of a new generation of models including Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree. Since then his work has never failed to impress and inspire critics and admirers alike, capturing iconic images of legends such as: The Rolling Stones, the Kray twins, Damien Hirst and Kate Moss, producing simple yet powerful black and white images.

Bailey has also directed several television commercials and documentaries. From 1968 to 1971 he directed and produced TV documentaries. As well as fashion photography, Bailey photographed album sleeve art for musicians including The Rolling Stones and Marianne Faithfull. One of Bailey's most famous works depicts the Rolling Stones including Brian Jones, who drowned in 1969.

In 2012, the BBC made a film of the story of his 1962 New York photoshoot with Jean Shrimpton, entitled 'We'll Take Manhattan'.

You'll find an interesting archive of Bailey's images in the website link we have listed above.


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