Life Through a Lens – David Bailey’s Stardust
British photographer David Bailey was appointed as fashion photographer for British Vogue in 1960. Bailey, now 76, captured ‘Swinging London’ at the time; immortalising icons from industries including fashion, music and film, through his work.
I try to simplify things by just having a white background and no distractions. I don’t care about ‘composition’ or anything like that. I just want the emotion of the person in the picture to come across
These timeless and thought provoking images, along with new collections are now being exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery for the Stardust exhibition. Here 250 photographs showcase highlights from Bailey’s remarkable 50 year career as a creative visionary and pioneer of fashion photography.
“Bailey’s Stardust is presented thematically across a series of contrasting rooms and illustrates the extraordinary range of subjects that Bailey has captured: actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels; many of them famous, some anonymous, all of them unforgettable. Rooms are devoted to Bailey’s time in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Delhi and the Naga Hills, as well as icons from the worlds of fashion and the arts, striking portraits of the Rolling Stones and Catherine Bailey and people of the East End of London.”
If you are interested in photography or just want to learn more about the man who helped shape the face of fashion photography then head down to the National Portrait Gallery in London. The exhibition runs up until 1st June 2014.
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