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David Bailey

David Bailey CBE

David Bailey was born in 1938 in London. He taught himself photography, and in 1959, following a year serving with the Royal Air Force in Malaysia, he began his long and distinguished career when he was appointed as a photographic assistant at the John French Studio in London.

Bailey started as a fashion photographer for Vogue Magazine in 1960, and subsequently as a freelance photographer who has worked for every major publication in the world. From 1966 he also directed television commercials and documentaries.

In 1975 he became a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers. In 1979 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

Bailey has held numerous personal exhibitions in London and worldwide (Finland, Sweden, the United States of America, Germany and Italy). He has also produced numerous publications, from his first publication Box of Pinups in 1964 to Archive Two — Locations in 2003 and Bailey’s Democracy due to be published Nov 2005. His television work includes documentaries on photographers and directors including Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol and Luciano Visconti. He also wrote and directed a short film called The Lady is a Tramp, to coincide with the publication of his book of the same name in 1995.

David is one of the world’s leading photographers and short film directors. In 2001 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his achievements, and the University of Plymouth is proud to be able to add its own recognition of his outstanding contribution by awarding him an honorary degree.


Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society

Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures & Commerce

Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers


1959 onwards: Photographer for British, American, French & Italian Vogue

1966 onwards: Director of commercials

1968 to 1971: Director and Producer of television documentaries including Beaton, Warhol and Visconti

Films 1992: BBC Drama Who Dealt? Directed by David Bailey, starring Juliette Stevenson, story by Ring Lander Snr

Films 1995: South Bank Films The Lady is a Tramp Directed and Written by David Bailey, featuring Catherine Bailey

Documentary 1998: David Bailey & Ginger Television Production Models Close Up Directed by David Bailey Commissioned by Channel 4 Television

1999: GFT Kingsborough/Steve Walsh Productions
Director feature film The Intruder

2003: BBC The Real Blow Up

2004: BBC Bailey’s 70’s Fame Fashion and Photography


Box of Pin-Ups, 1964
Goodbye Baby & Amen, 1969
Warhol, 1974
Beady Minces, 1974
Papua New Guinea, 1975
Mixed Moments, 1976
Trouble and Strife, 1980
London NW1, 1982
Black & White Memories 1983
Nudes 1981-1984, 1984
Imagine, 1985
If We Shadows, 1991
The Lady is a Tramp, 1995
Rock & Roll Heroes, 1997
Archive One, 1999
Chasing Rainbows, 2001
Art of Violence Kate Kray, 2003
Bailey / Rankin Down Under, 2003
Archive Two Locations, 2003


National Portrait Gallery 1971
One Man Retrospective Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
International Center of Photography (ICP) NY 1984
Curator Shots of Style Victoria & Albert Museum 1985
Pictures of Sudan for Band Aid at The Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) 1985
Auction at Sotheby's for Live Aid Concert for Band Aid 1985
Bailey Now! Royal Photographic Society in Bath 1989
Numerous Exhibitions at Hamiltons Gallery, London. 1989-
Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, 1990
Camerawork Photogallerie , Berlin, 1997
Carla Sozanni, Milan, 1997
A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans. 1998
Touring exhibition Birth of the Cool 1957-1969 and contemporary work.
To: Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1999
National Museum of Film, Photography & Television, Bradford, 1999-2000
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2000
City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland, 2000
Modern Art Museum, The Dean Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2001
Proud Gallery London Bailey/Rankin Down Under
Gagosian Gallery. Joint with Damien Hirst 14 Stations of the Cross, 2004
Gagosian Gallery. Artists by David Bailey, 2004


Numerous awards including for commercials:

The Golden Lion, Cannes
The Cleo, America
American Television Award
D&AD; Gold, London
EMMY Award, America
D&AD; — Presidents Award 1998, London
Awarded CBE 2001

Books by David Bailey
8 Minutes: Hirst & Bailey
Bailey’s Delhi Dilemma
Birth of the Cool
Flowers, Skulls, Contacts
Is That So Kid
Pictures that Mark Can Do
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