by PDN and Kodak Professional, this latest edition of Legends Online explores
the life and art of one of England's most famous photographers of the past four
decades: David Bailey. Bailey, almost as well-known for who he's slept with as
for who he's photographed, has lived a life most of us only read about in the
tabloids. He cohabited with British '60s model sensation Jean Shrimpton, married
sultry French actress Catherine Deneuve, and became best friends with Rolling
Stone's Mick Jagger.
the years, Bailey has produced books, paintings, directed commercials, documentaries and feature
films, and even served as model for Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni's classic film
Blow-Up (1966). This "revolutionary" photographer's true fame, though,
lies in his photographic creations, images that move effortlessly from fashion
photos for British and American Vogue to "intimate, almost friendly" portraits
of celebrities and rock stars to street photography à la William Klein
and Robert Frank.: "The pictures I take are simple and direct and about the person
I'm photographing and not about me," Bailey modestly sums up. "I don't care about
composition or anything like that. I just want the emotion of the person in the
picture to come across.... to get something from that person."
included a GALLERY of
20 of Bailey's celebrity portraits that can be accessed via a pull-down thumbnail
the thumbnail photo you want to see as an enlarged image (with caption information)
and click on it. You can also navigate your way through the Gallery section using
the directional arrows at the bottom of the page. Also on this site are excerpts
from an INTERVIEW
with Bailey, conducted by Talk magazine's Charles Gandee; a brief BIOGRAPHY
of the photographer's life; and VIDEO
CLIPS of Bailey talking about specific images spanning his collection
of images from the early '60s to the present day.
Notice: All of the photographs displayed on this site are © David Bailey.
You may not sell, publish, license or otherwise distribute any of these photographs
without the written permission of the photographer.
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