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David Bailey

British, b. 1938

At 15, the London-born David Bailey was jazz mad and Picasso loving but, being a dyslexic cockney, was booted out of school. Escape from gritty East London seemed unlikely until he picked up a Rolleiflex during his stint in the National Service. Three years later, in 1960, he was under contract at British Vogue.

Prodigiously talented, Bailey was also wildly charismatic and uncommonly pretty, a high-octane amalgam that no doubt fueled his meteoric rise. Soon, he was chronicling, and surfing, the cultural tsunami that transformed London in the Swinging Sixties, when young creatives from music, fashion, advertising, theater, film, TV and journalism toppled the British establishment to become the new royalty.

This was the moment when the seeds of celebrity culture were sown. Bailey snapped all these revolutionary aristos: John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Tom Stoppard and David Hockney. Each and every one looks impossibly dewy and fresh and brims with an entirely modern derring-do.

So, too, do “the beautiful birds,” as Bailey called the alluring models and actresses who defined that decade: the exquisite Jean “Shrimp” Shrimpton, Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve. A number of them became his lovers, Deneuve his wife (he’s had four), for a time.

It was a wild ride for an East End lad and literally the stuff of movies. Bailey was the inspiration for the prowling fashion photographer Thomas, played by pretty boy David Hemmings, in one of the iconic films of that era, Antonioni’s Blowup.

But despite his playboy persona and lucrative work in fashion advertising, Bailey has always possessed real psychological depth and artistic ambition. He can snap like few others. His closest peer in spontaneity, insight and cool was Richard Avedon. Both preferred a white backdrop, strong lighting and a tight focus to capture that rare telling moment.

Someone shot with eyes shut is not an accident with Bailey but a revelation. To this day, he can’t explain how he works his magic, although he does liken it to shamanic conjuring. He makes no secret that he spends most of his time gabbing with his subject — he’s curious about everyone. Sometimes, the chatter is a seduction; occasionally, it becomes good-naturedly pugilistic. And then, in mere moments, the individual is sized and seized by his camera.

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Creator: David Bailey
Original David Bailey (British, b. 1938) Portrait Photograph of Roy Strong, 1971
By David Bailey
Located in London, GB
Photograph executed and printed 1971, 1/1. This photograph is framed. Sir Roy Colin Strong is an English art historian and former director of the National Portrait Gallery and the V...
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1970s British Mid-Century Modern Vintage David Bailey

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David Bailey Sumo, Signed, Limited Edition Book with Marc Newson Stand
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The David Bailey SUMO. Over 300 of the greatest portraits of our time, printed big and bold. In 1965, portrait and fashion photographer David Bailey released his groundbreaking...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian David Bailey

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Trouble and Strife, David Bailey, J.H. Lartigue, 1st Edition, T&H, 1980
By David Bailey
Located in London, GB
First Edition, published by Thames & Hudson, London, 1980. Best known for his portraiture and fashion photographs of 1960s London, which shaped how this period is remembered and envisaged, David Bailey turns in this book to a more personal subject for a selection of brilliantly creative, playful and devoted photographs of his then-wife, Marie Helvin. With 81 plates, beautifully printed in duotone, these black and white, intimate, nude photographs are stylish, sensual and frank records of a relationship; diaristic and taken with the care that shows them to be, as Bailey says of them, "photographs I take for myself". Easily standing among Bailey's best work, this photobook has an introduction from the artist Brian Clarke...
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1980s British Vintage David Bailey

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Paper

Vogue Magazine September 1963 Framed Cover
By David Bailey
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Vogue September 1963 framed original cover. Model Brigitte Bauer photographed by David Bailey. As found framed condition in gold wood frame.
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David Bailey "The Naked Eye", 1987
By David Bailey
Located in London, GB
David Bailey. The Naked Eye. Barrie & Jenkins, London 1987. 1st Edition A book of nude images from the history of photography brilliantly curated by David Bailey. The images range ...
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Late 20th Century English Modern David Bailey

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Is That So Kid - David Bailey, Anjelica Huston- Signed 1st Edition, Steidl, 2008
By David Bailey
Located in London, GB
Signed first edition, published by Steidl, Germany, 2008. Signed at title page by David Bailey. Anjelica Huston's indefinable cinematic look; this is what happens when an icon photo...
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Late 20th Century German David Bailey

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David Bailey, NY JS DB 62, Signed
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Pictures That Mark Can Do - David Bailey - Signed 1st Edition, Steidl, 2007
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David Bailey furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

David Bailey furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of paper and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of David Bailey furniture, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 7 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 1 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by David Bailey were created in the modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Renate Müller, Robert Brendel, and Montblanc. Prices for David Bailey furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $83 and can go as high as $19,391, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $371.

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