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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