Sixties - in Swinging London with the Photos of David Bailey
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The effervescente charm of Swinging London as seen by one of its greatest observers. Known for his marriage to Catherine Deneuve and inspiring the cult cinema of the sixties in works like Blow Up by Michelangelo Antonioni, David Bailey is, firstly, an innovative photographer that revolutionised the rules of the portrait and fashion photography with a gust of irreverence. Of his career, the exhibition at the Gagosian looks at the most ecstatic moment, that point in time where Bailey was able to capture the atmosphere, the look and the ferment of the moment like few others. Visitors can explore the protagonists of the legendary Box of Pin-Ups, his first photography book, dedicated to characters - and friends - like Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol, then the Beatles, Jane Birkin, Michael Caine, David Hockney, Man Ray and Jean Shrimpton, among others. “I spend more time speaking with people than I do photographing them,” explained Bailey. Rigour and emotions fly from his images, right out of the absolute white of his backgrounds, allowing the personalities of his subjects to have the highest possible impact. Of course, there are also metropolitan scenes, with vintage looks at Camden and Primrose Hill, at the time, in decay, but today, among the coolest neighbourhoods of the British capital.
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