Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery
Lots of things are happening this week - Berlinale, New York Fashion Week - but closer to home is David Bailey's new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. David Bailey, CBE, is often regarded as one of the greatest British photographers. Since he first got into photography in 1959, this East London boy has taken photographs of everyone from the East End gangsters Kray twins to Kate Moss. His relationship with Jean Shrimpton is the basis of the BBC film We'll Take Manhattan
and his life in the 60s inspired the film Blowup
(1966). Chosen by the man himself, his work takes over a whole floor at the National Portrait Gallery, inclusive but not limited to fashion photography. Though a number of the photos on display are of famous people, many aren't. His work isn't limited by the fame of his subject but instead by whether he can fall in love with them. Among the 250 images at the NPG is a good mixture of both - on the one hand his celebrity buddies ranging from Mick Jagger to Francis Bacon, but there are the people of East End pubs and the Australian outback. He says he doesn't care about glamour because that's not what he can put on a picture - he can only bring out what's already there. The background is irrelevant, he's just passionate about people.
The exhibition opens on Thursday the 6th and will run until the 1st of June. We're making a trip this weekend!