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David Bailey

See also: David H. Bailey, mathematician.
David Bailey (born January 2, 1938), is a celebrated and famous photographer.

Born in London, England, he taught himself photography, before serving with the Royal Air Force in Malaysia in 1957. In 1959 he became a photographic assistant at the John French studio before being contracted as a fashion photographer for Vogue[?] magazine. He also did a large amount of freelance[?] work.

Along with Terence Donovan, he captured, and in many ways helped create the Swinging London[?] of the 1960s: a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. Both photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers.

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. The box was an unusal and unique commercial release, and it reflected the changing status of the photographer that one could sell a collection of prints in this way.

In 1966, the movie Blowup was made. The film concerned itself with the work (and sexual perks) of a London fashion photographer who was largely based on Bailey.

As well as fashion photography, Bailey has been responsible for record album sleeve art, for performers including The Rolling Stones and Marianne Faithfull. He has also directed several television commercials and documentaries.

In 1965, Bailey married the actor Catherine Deneuve, although the relationship broke up in the early 1970s. He subsequently married another actor, Catherine Dyer[?], in the 1980s. He was awarded the CBE in 2001.



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