David Bailey was one of the most prominent photographers during his time. He helped shape an era in fashion and was known for his black and white high-contrast photographs.
In the 1960’s, there was an era in London dubbed as ‘Swinging Sixties’. This era came about when David Bailey, together with other photographers Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, started a culture celebrating high fashion. They socialized mostly with famous actors, actresses and musicians. With this newly found fame, they were labelled as ‘The Black Trinity’. The images that he captures through the lens of his camera shows strong emotions from his subjects. This is what makes him one of the most celebrated photographers in Britain.
Having dyslexia didn’t stop him from doing what he loves. His iconic style consisting of black and white high-contrast photos paved the way for his rise to fame. During the ‘Swinging Sixties’ era, he photographed Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful and The Beatles.
Apart from having celebrity status through his associations, David Bailey’s British Vogue cover shots also contributed to his success. He has 29 cover shots for Vogue, spanning from 1961 to 1992. In 2010, Vogue celebrated over 50 years of working with Bailey with a grand party attended by well-known icons, such as Tom Ford, Mary Quant and Kelly Brook among others.
Regardless of his success, he still strives to do something daring and new that will keep him in the forefront of his career.
For more of David Bailey’s works, visit David Bailey’s official website.