David Bailey: In the Pursuit of Beauty

 

David Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery gives visitors the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in what Bailey does best – take fantastic images of the beautiful and the famous, but without letting the glamour overwhelm you.

‘The pictures I take are simple and direct and about the person I’m photographing and not about me. I spend more time talking to the person than I do taking pictures.’

Most of the images are black and white, and though the display does highlight Bailey’s other images taken in India, Sudan, Australia, and London’s East End, the main focus is on his celebrity images. And it doesn’t take much to figure out why it is with these images that the maverick photographer has built up his reputation and his fan base.

Meryl Streep, 1980

 

Noel Gallagher, 2008

 

Damon Albarn, 2007

 

Ralph Fiennes

 

Marianne Faithful, 1964

 

Marianne Faithful, 1999

 

Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton, 1983

 

Mia Farrow, 1967

 

Jack Nicholson

 

Francis Bacon, 1983

 

Man Ray, 1968

 

Salvador Dalí and David Bailey 1972
Salvador Dalí and David Bailey, 1972

 

Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 1982

 

Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie, 1982

 

Catherine Bailey

 

Bailey’s Stardust
National Portrait Gallery
Till 1 June 2014

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