David Bailey revolutionised fashion photography in Swinging London. Funny, outspoken, brutally honest and ferociously talented, he quickly became as famous as his subjects.
Growing up in working class East London, David Bailey’s dyslexia led to him being written off as stupid at school — but his drive and ambition led to his meteoric rise as a photographer.
In conversation with Design Museum CEO Tim Marlow, David will regale us with the exploits of his life in 60s London and New York, friendships and rivalries, headline-worthy love-life and, of course, his work photographing some of the most famous people in the world – from Elizabeth II to the Krays, Michael Caine to Mick Jagger.
It’s an unmissable night with one of the most entertaining and iconic British artists of both the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s a celebration of glamour, debauchery and cool with a legendary figure whose legacy straddles the worlds of art, film and fashion.
David Bailey CBE (1938) is a world-renowned photographer. Vogue once described his photography as ‘a body of work that near defines twentieth [and twenty-first] century celebrity’. He transformed fashion photography in the early 1960s, in the process becoming as famous as his subjects. He has published over forty books as well as directing over 500 short films, documentaries and commercials. He also published the ground-breaking fashion and photography magazine The Ritz and his work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.
Tim Marlow is Chief Executive and Director of the Design Museum in London. Formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube, Marlow has been involved in the contemporary art world for the past thirty years as a curator, writer and broadcaster. He has worked with many of the most important and influential artists of our time to deliver wide-ranging and popular programmes and brings a commitment to diverse and engaging exhibitions to his new role showcasing the transformational capability of design. Marlow sits on the Board of Trustees for the Imperial War Museum, Sadler’s Wells, Art on the Underground Advisory Board and Cultureshock Media. Marlow was awarded an OBE in 2019.
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