9-12 September Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

David Bailey will exhibit images from his illustrious archive for the first time at Photo London in September.  Bailey has selected some of his most recognisable portraits alongside beautiful work from his 80s fashion archive.

 David Bailey

Rarely seen images of Jean Shrimpton (David Hockney Face Paint) from 1963 and a playful portrait of Miles Davis from 1969, will be shown alongside incredible fashion images featuring Catherine Bailey, Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton.

Miles Davis (1969) © David Bailey

Bailey has personally selected the series of photographs which also includes some of his most high-profile black and white portraits including Andy Warhol, John Lennon & Paul McCartney and Michael Caine. Bailey’s work with the Rolling Stones will also feature, including his famed black and white portrait of Mick Jagger, the colour image of Jagger taken by Bailey for the Goat’s Head Soup cover and a vibrant 1968 portrait of the band together.

 Jean Shrimpton (David Hockney Face Paint) (1963). © David Bailey

A unique series of Polaroids will also be available at the booth, featuring a selection of 100 priced at £1000 each, taken on jobs throughout Bailey’s remarkable career.  This is the first time the photographer has hosted a booth at the fair, his previous involvement being a take-over of the Taschen stand for the launch of his SUMO book in 2019.  David Bailey at Photo London is supported by Imitate Modern.


David Bailey was born on 2 January 1938 in North Leyton, East London. He left school at fifteen and was conscripted to the Royal Air Force in 1956. Whilst posted in Singapore he bought his first camera. Bailey started working with fashion photographer, John French as his assistant in 1959. He left soon after to strike out his own career as a photographer. 

Discarding the rigid rules of a previous generation of portrait and fashion photographers, he channeled the energy of London’s newly informal street culture into his work. In the early 60s he began to direct the first of hundreds of commercials, and has been recognized internationally for his skills as a filmmaker.

Bailey has exhibited worldwide and has produced some of the most famous photographic portraits of the last six decades. He has travelled extensively, and although best known for his fashion and portraiture, his interests are varied, extending beyond photography to TV commercials, film, painting and sculpture.


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