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DAVID BAILEY


[b. 1938] English photographer

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary. - David Bailey - In "Face," (London), Dec 1984.

Rockers are the nicest people to photograph. They have no inhibitions. - David Bailey - Life April 1997, page 92, David Bailey's Rock and Roll Heroes by David Bailey (Photographer), Neil Spencer , ISBN: 0821223925
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When I die I want to go to Vogue. - David Bailey - in "International Herald Tribune," 15 Nov 1985.

I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked. - David Bailey - In "Independent." (London), 5 Nov. 1990.

My fashion pictures are documents just as much as my boat people or my pictures for Band-Aid of Sudan. - David Bailey - in "International Herald Tribune," 15 Nov 1985.

I like people with their own beauty. - David Bailey, Models Close Up by David Bailey, James Sherwood , ISBN: 0789302551 , Page: 83
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A positive attitude can really make dreams come true - it did for me. - David Bailey

Anyone interested in birds, as I am, is likely to come round sooner rather than later, to their challenge as nature made them. - David Bailey - on Mood Nudes, Whitefriar’s Report, W. H. Smith’s Trade News, 8 November 1969 [cited in: Creative Camera February 1970, p. 41]

The first half of the 20th century belongs to Picasso and the second half is about photography. They said digital would kill photography because everyone can do it but they said that about the box brownie in 1885 when it came out. It makes photography interesting because everyone thinks they can take a picture. - David Bailey

Everyone will take one great picture, I’ve done better because I’ve taken two. - David Bailey
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When I was on trips I used to put Polaroid’s in a container with sea water, sand and pebbles. I’d swirl it all around to get scratches. It’s this random element that I call ‘the drip’. It’s the drip which might splash onto the other side of the canvas when you’re working on a painting and make you think ‘that is good’, possibly leading you to explore other things. My whole life is spent in search of the drip; it can change everything. - David Bailey

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