David Royston Bailey is a contemporary British photographer renown for his portrait and fashion images. David Bailey was born in Leytonstone, London, England in the year 1938.
Bailey had dyslexia as a youngster and quit school to go to work as a full time copy boy when he was 15 years of age. In 1956 he got called up for service in the Royal Air Force.
Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $75,000.
After Bailey finished his call of duty the artist was interested in photography school, but due to his poor school record he was unable to find a college. The artist went to work as a studio assistant eventually working with John French.
Bailey was soon after signed to work with the magazine British Vogue.
The artist and two other contemporaries, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, were the first three celebrity photographers of London in the 1960’s. The trio captured the jet set crowd of England including royalty. Over the years Bailey has photographed Her Majesty the Queen, the Beatles, the Kray Brothers, and Jack Nicholson among others.
Bailey has also directed television commercials and documentaries. Bailey is also a painter and sculptor.
Below an interview with David Bailey about his lengthy career: