David Bailey exhibits images from his archive for the first time at Photo London. Bailey has selected some of his most recognisable portraits alongside beautiful work from his 80s fashion archive. Rarely seen images of Jean Shrimpton (David Hockney Face Paint) from 1963 and a playful portrait of Miles Davis from 1969, will be shown alongside incredible fashion images featuring Catherine Bailey, Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton.
Bailey has personally selected the series of photographs which also includes some of his most high-profile black and white portraits including Andy Warhol, John Lennon & Paul McCartney and Michael Caine.
Bailey’s work with the Rolling Stones will also feature, including his famed black and white portrait of Mick Jagger, the colour image of Jagger taken by Bailey for the Goat’s Head Soup cover and a vibrant 1968 portrait of the band together.
A unique series of Polaroids will also be available at the booth, featuring a selection of 100 priced at £1000 each, taken on jobs throughout Bailey’s remarkable career. This is the first time the photographer has hosted a booth at the fair, his previous involvement being a take-over of the Taschen stand for the launch of his SUMO book in 2019.
David Bailey at Photo London is supported by Imitate Modern.
David Bailey was born on 2 January 1938 in North Leyton, East London. He left school at fifteen and was conscripted to the Royal Air Force in 1956. Whilst posted in Singapore he bought his first camera. Bailey started working with fashion photographer, John French as his assistant in 1959. He left soon after to strike out his own career as a photographer. Discarding the rigid rules of a previous generation of portrait and fashion photographers, he channeled the energy of London’s newly informal street culture into his work. In the early 60s he began to direct the first of hundreds of commercials, and has been recognized internationally for his skills as a filmmaker.
Bailey has exhibited worldwide and has produced some of the most famous photographic portraits of the last six decades. He has travelled extensively, and although best known for his fashion and portraiture, his interests are varied, extending beyond photography to TV commercials, film, painting and sculpture.
With its roots in contemporary and street art, Imitate Modern prides itself on being a pioneer of the London art scene. Based in Central London, Imitate Modern cultivates talent and discovers artists and trends creating an atmosphere to produce innovative, impeccable and sometimes controversial works of art. The gallery exhibits a line-up of artists at various stages of their practice and careers. Through rich art experiences, Imitate Modern represents experimental and exciting exhibition programs that aim to stimulate, provoke and captivate globally. Exhibitions range from internationally acclaimed solo shows to debuts of young artists but the gallery’s intentions remain the same—to help its clients build interested and enriching collections, and most of all enjoy art in the most engaging way possible
David Bailey at Photo London
Open to the public 9-12 September, 2021
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
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