It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer, it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary". (David Bailey). The portraits in this book have been personally selected by Bailey from the wide range of subjects and groups that he has captured so brilliantly over the last five decades: actors, writers, musicians, politicians, film-makers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels to Australia, India, Sudan and Papua New Guinea; many of them famous, some unknown, all of them engaging and memorable. Bailey's Stardust will be accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in spring 2014, which will then tour to venues on four continents. The book, like the exhibition, is structured thematically, with iconic images presented alongside many lesser-known and previously unseen portraits, and includes an illuminating introduction by the art historian Tim Marlow. Initially engaged as an assistant to John French in 1959, Bailey was contracted by British Vogue the following year. He has since worked for the French, Italian and American editions of the magazine, created album sleeves for major recording artists such as the Rolling Stones, directed television commercials, and made documentary films, including in-depth studies of Cecil Beaton, Luchino Visconti and Andy Warhol. Bailey's photographs helped to define the cultural and social scene of the 1960s, and immortalising figures from the worlds of fashion, music, film and art soon elevated Bailey to the status of celebrity himself. Antonionis cult film Blow-up (1966), about a London fashion photographer, was inspired by Bailey, whose life was also dramatised recently in the BBC film Well Take Manhattan (2012), which tells the story of his 1962 New York fashion shoot with the model Jean Shrimpton. Exhibition: National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (06.02.-01.06.2014).
Includes photographs by David Bailey of Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve, Marianne Faithfull, Beyoncé, Yoko Ono, Tina Turner, Alice Cooper, Patti Smith, Queen, Phil Collins, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, Bob Geldof, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Bob Marley, Meryl Streep, Brigitte Bardot, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Leo Castelli, Henry Geldzahler, Salvador Dali, Anna Piaggi, Diana Vreeland, Karl Lagerfeld, Zandra Rhodes, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss, Joseph Beuys, Linda McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Caine, The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Ansel Adams, Man Ray and many others.
Includes portraits taken in Naga Hills, Papua New Guinea, Delhi, India, Australia and the Sudan.