Exhibition of photography

A sprinkle of stardust in Bailey’s Edinburgh show

Baileys StardustPhotographer David Bailey’s indulgence in the bacchanalian Sixties culture meant he became as famous as many of the subjects whose image he captured for posterity.

He was in with the in-crowd, from the Rolling Stones to the Hollywood jet set, and arguably helped to define the era.

Some of his most enduring shots feature glamorous models of the period, including those who became a close part of his life.

Bailey shot to fame after being hired by British Vogue magazine to capture the booming fashion scene in London in 1960.

An exhibition of the now 77-year-old’s work over those decadent years is on at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. It is the most extensive photography exhibition ever mounted by the National Galleries with more than 300 photographs, including material from Bailey’s personal archive.

Shown to huge acclaim on an international tour, Bailey’s Stardust features many portraits of pop and film stars such as Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson and from the world of fashion, from designers Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfield to models Jean ­Shrimpton and Kate Moss.

It demonstrates the breadth of his work, including portraits and images of London’s east end where he was born in 1938.

Photographs from his time in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Delhi feature alongside familiar images and the show also embraces a series of new works titled Moonglow, a new show demonstrating his work in other media – from found objects to silkscreens.

The exhibition has been curated by Bailey (pictured below at the National Gallery) and its installation in Scotland is being directed by him. It is arranged thematically and the majority of the portraits on show have been newly printed.

• Bailey’s Stardust, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, 18 July-18 October. Admission £11/9.
David Bailey

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