David Bailey: A Pioneering Photographer

David Bailey is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. His edgy and raw style defined a generation of photography, and his fashion and portrait work has been featured in numerous magazines, books, and exhibitions. His career has spanned over five decades, and his influence can still be seen in photography today.

Bailey was born on the 2nd of January 1938 in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He grew up in a working class family, and as a child his interests were generally in sports, rather than photography. Despite his initial lack of interest in the medium, he eventually became interested in photography after being given a Rolleiflex camera as a 16th birthday present.

Bailey's career in photography began in 1960 when he was hired by British Vogue as a photographer. He quickly made a name for himself in the fashion world with his edgy and raw style of photography. His iconic portraits of the Beatles, Mick Jagger, and other celebrities made him one of the most sought-after photographers of the era.

In 1965, Bailey released his first book, 'David Bailey's Box of Pin-Ups', which was a collection of portraits of celebrities and models. This book was a major success and established Bailey as one of the leading photographers of the time. He went on to produce several other books, including 'Bailey's Stardust', 'David Bailey's East End', and 'David Bailey's Jungle Book'.

In addition to his photographic work, Bailey has also worked as a filmmaker, releasing several films including 'The Road to St Ives' (1974) and 'The King of the Ganges' (1978). He has also directed several music videos, including the Rolling Stones' 'Start Me Up' (1981).

Throughout his career, Bailey has received numerous awards and accolades for his work. In 2001, he was made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to photography. He was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2005.

Today, Bailey continues to be one of the most influential photographers of our time. His iconic images have been featured in exhibitions around the world, and his influence can still be seen in the work of contemporary photographers. His career is a testament to the power of photography and its ability to capture moments in time.