Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Swinging London Photographer: David Bailey

David Bailey

Name: David Royston Bailey
DOB: Jan. 2, 1938
Where: Leytonstone, England
Occupation: photographer
Years Active: 1958-present

-Regarded as one of the best British photographers
-Went to work for British Vogue magazine in 1960
-Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, he helped to capture the "Swinging London" decade of the 1960s in magazines

Early Life
-Born to a tailor's cutter named Herbert and a machinist named Gladys, his mother.
-Grew up during WWII, and remembered seeing bombs fall on London
-Because he had a love of history, this led him into photography.
-Had problems in school because of undiagnosed dyslexia
-Served with the Royal Air Force in Singapore in 1957

Professional Career
-Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, Bailey helped to capture moments in the "Swingin London" decade. This decade was filled with high fashion, celebs, and he was able to socialize with musicians, actors, and royalty of the decade.
-He has a box of poster prints called Box of Pin-Ups, which contains photos of celebs and socialites from the 1960s, including Terence Stamp, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Cecil Beaton, Jean Shrimpton, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol, and East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray

Ronnie and Reggie Kray

Mick Jagger

Rudolf Nureyev

Cecil Beaton

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Jean Shrimpton

Andy Warhol

-He did fashion photography as well. And his career resume also includes record album sleeve art for musicians such as The Rolling Stones and Marianne Faithfull.

Marianne Faithfull

The Rolling Stones' debut album, England's Newest Hit Makers

-In 1972, Bailey photographed Alice Cooper for Vogue magazine, almost naked covered with a snake.

Alice Cooper, 1972

Personal Life
-Married 4 times; in 1960 to Rosemary Bramble; in 1965 to actress Catherine Deneuve; in 1975 to model Marie Helvin; in 1986 to model Catherine Dyer

Jack Nicholson

Marie Helvin
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
Bailey NW1, 1982
Black & White Memories, 1983
Nudes 1981–1984, 1984
Imagine, 1985
If We Shadows, 2001
The Lady is a Tramp, 1995
Rock & Roll Heroes, 1997
Archive One, 1999 (also titled The Birth of the Cool for USA)
Chasing Rainbows, 2001
Art of Violence, Kate Kray & David Bailey, 2003 (also titled as Diamond Geezers)
Bailey/Rankin Down Under, 2003
Archive Two: Locations, 2003
Bailey's Democracy, 2005
Havana, 2006
NY JS DB 62, 2007
Pictures That Mark Can Do, 2007
Is That So Kid, 2008
David Bailey: 8 Minutes: Hirst & Bailey, 2009 With Damien Hirst
EYE, 2009
Flowers, Skulls, Contacts, 2010
British Heroes in Afghanistan, 2010


  1. The young pic of David was taken by Cecil Beaton(it is not a pic of Rudolf, which id below it, and that is titles, ha ha, Cecil Beaton

  2. btw, David was NEVER EVER a hippie, no famous people were hippies in the 60's, hippies copied innovators. David "Bailey" was and still is an innovator.
    BB at