Born in 1938 in London; lives in London.
Influential portrait and fashion photographer, and chronicler of the "swinging sixties". Defined the style of the '60s working for VogueElle, Glamour, and The Sunday Times, among others. 
Important publications in the '60s: 
David Bailey's Box of Pin-Ups (1965)  
Goodbye Baby and Amen: A Saraband for the Sixties (1969) 
First solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London (1971)

 

David Bailey is an English fashion photographer best known for his images of celebrities, models, and musicians, many of which appeared in Vogue magazine. He is also commonly associated with his photography book NWI (1982), which documented the process of gentrification in the London neighborhoods of Primrose Hill and Camden. Born on January 2, 1938 in London, United Kingdom, Bailey dropped out of high school to serve in the Royal Air Force where he developed an interest in photography. Over the course of the 1960s and 70s, the artist gained attention from the press after a string of high-profile marriages to Jean Shrimpton, Catherine Deneuve, and Marie Helvin. In 1964, he published his first photography book Box of Pin-Ups, which was a collection of black-and-white images depicting a number of figures from popular culture, including Mick Jagger, the Beatles, Twiggy, and Andy Warhol. In 2001, he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II and in 2016 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award from the International Center of Photography in New York. Today, his work is held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London among others. Bailey lives and works in London, UK.

 

Exhibitions

2010

Pure Sixties Pure Bailey, Bonhams, London
Sculptures, Pangolin Gallery, London
Now and Then, Hamiltons Gallery, London


2009

Beatles to Bowie, National Portrait Gallery, London


2007

Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexiko


2005

Faggionato Fine Arts, London


2004

14 Stations of the Cross joint with Damien Hirst, Gagosian Gallery, London

 

2001

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

2000

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2000
City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finnland, 2000

 

1999

Birth of the Cool 1957–1969, Barbican Art Gallery, London

 

1998

A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, 1998

 

1997

Galerie CameraWork, Berlin
Galerie Carla Sozzani, Milano

 

1990

Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, 1990

 

1989

Bailey Now! Royal Photographic Society, Bath
Hamiltons Gallery, London

 

1985

Shots of Style, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Pictures of Sudan for Brand Aid, The Institute for Contemporary Arts, London

 

1983

International Center of Photography, New York

 

1971

Retrospective, Victoria & Albert
National Portrait Gallery, London