Talk about a meeting of the minds. In this video from the Royal Academy of Arts, legendary photographer and filmmaker David Bailey sits down with the Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, Tim Marlow. Together, they discuss Bailey’s career — spanning six decades — and his unique brand of portraiture. From a deep look at his work to some entertaining, warm personal insights — like when Bailey met Salvador Dali in a lift — this video is a lovely look a great man. He’s winning, down-to-earth, and totally captivating. Whether it’s talking about photographing the Rolling Stones or discussing his label as a “fashion photographer”, he’s a fascinating character. Although you may know him best for his work in the fashion world, it’s clear that there is so much more to his photography than that.
Because for him, whether it was a fashion shoot or anything else, it was always about the portraiture element — the personal. He connected to the people he was photographing, no matter what they were wearing. Which is why, no matter what the field, his photos are magnetic and engaging. You can see the whole video here:
He has photographed every designer and celebrity under the sun — and, after watching this video, it’s easy to see why he was a favorite. Not only as an incredible photographer, but also an incredible person to spend time with. It takes a certain kind of class to remain so well-regarded for so long — and David Bailey is a class act.