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[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

I never considered myself a fashion photographer. I've never really been interested in fashion. The reason I did fashion was that I liked what was in the frocks. - David Bailey - From the book: Bailey Exposed by David Bailey

If you try to get famous you won’t, but if you don’t care you probably will. You've got to stick to your guns, too, because once you back down you’re finished. - David Bailey

All pictures are unnatural. All pictures are sad because they're about dead people. Paintings you don’t think of in a special time or with a specific event. With photos I always think I’m looking at something dead. - David Bailey

They’re photographs of cocks and vaginas. They’re kind of medical, done absolutely close-up with no pretensions to lighting or anything. I just thought it’s something everybody’s got but you never see them in photographs. And, you’d be surprised at the personality of them; you can’t believe that every one is different. - David Bailey

I wouldn’t photograph anybody if they only give you five minutes. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if God phoned me up and said, “I want a picture, I’ve only got five minutes.” I’d say, “Well, work some of your magic and make it longer!” Even though I’m actually quicker than most and I usually get bored before they get bored. - David Bailey

Actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie. - David Bailey

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