Past event: A sprinkling of Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery

by Cass Art

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Photographer David Bailey is every inch as iconic as the celebrities he photographs. From February the National Portrait Gallery features his specially selected portraits spanning the last five decades from photographers to actors, writers to musicians, filmmakers, fashion icons, designers, models, artists, you name it! Many of them famous, some unknown, but all of them engaging and memorable. Bailey has made new silver gelatin prints of his black-and-white portraits especially for the exhibition: Bailey’s Stardust

David Bailey at Wednesday night’s private view at the National Portrait Gallery

Bailey fell into fashion photography for the money, “I did painting before I did photography,” he says. “There’s no difference to me because the camera’s just a paintbrush, the same as digital is a paintbrush, if you want to use digital. I’m not enamoured with digital because it reduces everyone to the same level.” We’re proud to boast that David Bailey is a Cass Art customer at our Soho shop– can you spot the bag?

National Treasure David Bailey received a CBE for his contribution to the arts in 2001 and the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in 2005. The reason why he’s a relentless success for all these years? “I’ve always tried to do pictures that don't date. I always go for simplicity”.

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BAILEY’S STARDUST, Sponsored by HUGO BOSS, runs from 6 February - 1 June 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Image credits

First image: Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton, Cannes by David Bailey, 1983 © David Bailey

Second image: David Bailey at Wednesday night’s private view at the National Portrait Gallery

Third image: Francis Bacon by David Bailey, 1983 © David Bailey

Fourth image: David Bailey in his studio: Rick Pushinsky, source:

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