100 top photographers

David Bailey


PhotoUtopia Intro: Synonymous with the 60’s, Baileys deceptively simple graphic style has created some of the most iconic images of the swinging sixties. The inspiration for the film ‘Blow up’, Bailey, along with the likes of Terence Donovan brought London to the worlds attention. His ability to create dynamic shapes from the human form reminds me very much of Richard Avedon’s work.


David Bailey CBE (born 2 January 1938), is an English photographer.
In 1959 he became a photographic assistant at the John French studio, and in May 1960, he was a photographer for John Cole's Studio Five before being contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue magazine later that year.[2][page needed] He also undertook a large amount of freelance work.[3]

Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, he captured and helped create the 'Swinging London' of the 1960s: a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. The three photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers. The film Blowup (1966), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, concerns the work and sexual habits of a London fashion photographer played by David Hemmings and is largely based on Bailey.[citation needed]

The 'Swinging London' scene was aptly reflected in his Box of Pin-Ups (1964): a box of poster-prints of 1960s celebrities and socialites including Terence Stamp, The Beatles, and notorious East End gangsters the Kray twins (see photo).

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