No photographer had a greater impact on the 1960s than David Bailey. The best of the new breed of fashion photographers who catapulted onto the scene in the early years of the decade, he would capture the image of Swinging London and become as well known as all the famous faces on which he trained his camera. After Bailey, photography would never be the same again.
DAVID BAILEY — BIRTH OF THE COOL tells for the first time the full story of Bailey’s life and work from 1957 to 1969. Beginning with his early days in London’s East End, it follows his progress through his first photographic experiences as an assistant to John French; his early years with Vogue; his close relationships with the stars of the music scene — which would produce pictures of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones that remain forever part of the iconography of the 1960s — and his friendships and love affairs with some of the period’s most beautiful women, among them the models Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree and the actress Catherine Deneuve.
Martin Harrison has brought together not only Bailey’s most famous photographs, but also — through his long and intensive investigation of Bailey’s archives — a raft of images that show a new and unknown side to his work: pictures of Bailey’s East End as well as private and previously unpublished documentary photography.
This handsome book is a must for fashion enthusiasts; for fans of pop music, it provides a history of the British music scene; for everyone interested in photography, it charts the career of the UK’s most famous practitioner; and for all who lived in the Sixties, or wishes they had, it brings that decade to life and offers a portrait of an era — and aplace — as no book has done before.