Over 300 photographs, both colour and black and white are on display in the largest exhibition of work done by David Bailey.
Entitled Bailey’s Stardust, the exhibition opens tomorrow February 6, and runs until June 1, 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition curated personally by Bailey, spans over fifty years up until the present day.
Best known for his black and white portraits, several are also in colour. As well as portraits, there are also statues, and copies of publications that his work has appeared in.
Despite not regarding himself as a fashion photographer, it was Bailey’s work for Vogue in the early ‘60s that made his name. The photographs cover different subjects and aspects of his life. Although he is primarily associated with celebrities and models, the exhibition showcases the wide breadth of his work.
A large majority of the photographs are of people that are so famous that they are instantly recognisable. Kate Moss, Jean Shrimpton, Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Michael Caine – the list is endless. One room is devoted to the Rolling Stones.
However, we should not forget that he grew up in the East End of London. In the mid-sixties he got to know the Kray twins. Photographs of them are included as well as those from a collaboration with Reggie Kray’s former wife on a book of the ‘toughest, hardest men in Britain.’
His work also extended abroad. On display are Band Aid photographs to raise public awareness of the famine in the Sudan; powerful photographs of Aboriginal people in Australia, and portraits of the tribes’ people of Papua New Guinea.
Events, some of them free, are running throughout the period of the exhibition.
Entry £16.00 Senior citizens £14.50 Concessions £13.50
The National Portrait Gallery is at the side of the National Gallery, around the corner to London’s Trafalgar Square.