Saturday, June 9, 2012

It took me awhile, but i finally found this book (thanks Alias East!) and like the pleasure of finding something that you really tried to find - the pleasure of the book even becomes more important, and sensual,  to you.  My interest in the photographic works of David Bailey is pretty much set in the 1960's. He's consistently fine, but the peak of his powers i feel is when he documented the faces of London.  Or I should say the various 'Face" of London.  That would include Mick Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, a very young Jane Birkin and various beautiful models of that period.

David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton
Michael Caine by David Bailey

Bailey had the East London street know-it-all, and its interesting he did a series of iconic portraits of the Kings of East London - The Kray Twins.  The mixture of the visual arts, rock n'  roll, filmmakers, fashion, and gangsters is a heady mixture and a dynamic cocktail.  You got to find this book and buy it. Essential recording of London circ. 1960's and other ports of the world.  But it is seen through the eyes of an East London lad.

Mick Jagger by David Bailey

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