A selling exhibition of David Bailey’s iconic images of the 1960s entitled ‘Pure Sixties. Pure Bailey’ will be on view at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, from 7th March – 7th April, 2010. The 50th anniversary of a decade that not only changed our cultural history but that had a melting pot of talent drawn from music, fashion, literature, design and cinema also documented through the eyes of a photographic genius. Bringing it to a new audience, the selection of images by the photographer sum up a decade of glamour and hedonism, as well as providing a valuable piece of photographic social history.
About the artist: The 1960s heralded a time of change and spontaneity, brilliantly captured by Bailey in the photographs he took. Bailey began working at Vogue in July 1960 and was famously quoted as saying: ‘When Vogue offered to pay me to photograph beautiful women all day I thought I was on a dream-boat’. Amongst the many incredible faces he captured for all time were Jean Shrimpton, Penelope Tree, Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch… the list is endless.
As well as the great beauties of the day, Bailey photographed those people who made the headlines: The Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Cecil Beaton, Michael Caine, The Beatles, David Hockney, Roger Vadim, Kenneth Tynan, The Who & The Krays. Many of the images he shot were very direct, closely cropped portraits.