David Bailey was born in London in 1938.
Among the foremost British photographers, he learned to shoot by self.
After his experience in the war in the “Royal Air Force”, he works as an assistant in the photographic studio of John Frenche .
He was later hired as a fashion photographer for Vogue magazine.
He has also worked extensively as a freelancer and has always been active in glamor.
With Terence Donovan he helped to create the so-called Swinging London of the sixties: a culture based on high fashion and the chic of notoriety.
Both photographers associated with actors, musicians and the royal family and were elevated to the status of celebrities. They were the first photographers to be really famous.
His fame became very great.
Even the director Michelangelo Antonioni was strongly inspired by David for his film “Blow up”, a film that tells the life of a London fashion photographer.
Excellent portrait painter Bailey does not need color to highlight the intensity of his shots among which we can find several celebrities such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Catherine Deneuve who was his wife until 1972.
Among his models, we remember Jean Shrimpton, perhaps his favorite, nicknamed: Shrimp (shrimp).
As a great innovator of that period, thanks to his images, he was able to document the English reality and its change after the gray post-war years. Precisely because of his contribution to this cultural revolution, Bailey becomes a “document and monument” of this period and of the characters who animated it.
The minimalist shots and black and white are very useful for “enhancing and highlighting the contrast of values in the lightness of the tones”.
Over the years he approaches the world of music, directs commercials and documentaries as well as having published several books.
It is nicknamed: The Lord.
David Bailey with wife Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Bailey and Angie Hill
Tim Burton & Lisa Marie
Woman with guitar
John Lennon & Paul Mc Cartney
Cecil Beaton and Nureyev
Salvador Dali '
Some color shots
Santa Rosa Beach - Florida
Looking at the sea