David Bailey is a British photographer whose career has spanned five decades. He is most famous as a cultural producer in the 1960s, when his flourishing early career was extensively documented in the pages of British, American, French and Italian Vogue.
Following a traineeship with leading fashion photographer John French, Bailey went on to become an accomplished portraitist and a documentary photographer. Even before his editorial acclaim, he published the first of his many books, Box of Pin Ups in 1964. Following work in the photography sector, Bailey progressed into moving imagery, directing both commercials and television documentaries. He continued to work for British Vogue and formed a fruitful partnership with then-art director Terry Jones. Certain fashion models were frequent collaborators in Bailey's work, including Hawaiian model Marie Helvin in the seventies, and Catherine Bailey in the eighties. Catherine Bailey also featured in his 1995 South Bank Films commission, The Lady is a Tramp.
Bailey has been honoured many times, including a CBE (2001), a Cannes Golden Lion for a Greenpeace commercial, and an Emmy for his work in advertising. His work has been exhibited many times, including a career retrospective at the V&A in 1983; and Bailey's Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery in 2014. His film work includes: The Intruder (1999), Models Close Up (1998), Who Dealt? (1992), and Beaton, Warhol and Visconti (1968-1971). Bailey is an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.