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Bailey's Stardust Hardcover – 6 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Portrait Gallery (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855144522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855144521
  • Product Dimensions: 33.8 x 25.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The connective thread throughout the exhibit and tome is Bailey's ability to portray a person's essence--without the use of elaborate costumes, props or high-concept staging. He's the glossy lensman with a documentarian's touch. --Jason Chen"Departures" (05/01/2014)


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this is more than enjoyable it's a delight - but it is weighty in both ways anyway as such it deserves the time to deliberate over because the works are not just flippable images they are genuinely thought provoking in the true sense of that cliche
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I've seen the exhibition at the NPG in London and I was disappointed at the quality of many of the prints on view, all of which (at least the black and white ones) were apparently printed by Bailey himself. The 11"x14" prints are particularly poor, considering that they are contact prints. They are badly over-printed and appear just as they do in book:dark and muddy. Not much point having the resolving power of such a large negative and then burning the life out of the prints by over-exposure. There are many other prints that just don't have the quality expected, and the reproductions in the book are very close to the actual prints, so the fault isn't the book, it's the original prints.
The choice of pictures is also disappointing, considering the enormous catalogue he has to choose from. The decision to include all the prints from "A Box of Pin-Ups" is interesting inasmuch as most people won't have ever seen the original publication (now selling for sums north of £20,000 in good condition) but it would have been a great opportunity to print some more of the rarely seen images - for instance Jean Shrimpton from the YSL Vogue shoot in 1971, which appears in the book "Yves Saint Laurent - Images of Design" and ditto Penelope Tree. Some of the more experimental shots of Marie Helvin he did using prints from polaroid film would have been a good idea too. I've seen other photographs he did for the book NW1, using a 5x4 Linhoff, at an exhibition at the Olympus centre in London which were beautifully printed but haven't been seen since. As it is the exhibition and book are a testament to Bailey's lifelong love affair with photography and the fact that he is one of the great photographers, both artistically and technically.
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I am a Baby Boomer and so the photographs of people from the 60s are of particular interest and stir up all sorts of memories but there is far more to this book than that. If you can't get to see the exhibition ( I was REALLY lucky and did) have a look at this and learn more about the fascinating Mr Bailey.
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This is a large, heavy book which looks impressive from the outside. I have to agree with other comments though - the print quality doesn't do justice to the photographs. I've always admired David Bailey's work but many of the pictures just look average here.
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As my school master would say in my report 'Could have done better'. I am very much a fan of David Bailey, I love his pictures and thought his recent exhibition at London's National Portrait Galley was fantastic and very enjoyable. Naturally I wanted to buy the book, Bailey's Stardust', but when I viewed it I was very disappointed. The images are great and as expected but the paper although nice was not suitable for the subject(too stiff and noisey...) so I didn't buy it. I'd have paid more if it was on different choice of paper, but it's not. A missed opportunity.
I am surprised that Mr.Bailey didn't have a say in this important detail of a photographic book, maybe he did or maybe he didn't..?
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Fabulous book for the money! Quality photos with introductory chapter. One of our best known photographers with good reason. I can't believe he's still going.
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I missed the exhibition but this excellent catalogue makes up for that. Photos to study again and again.
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Some pictures are dark, but apparently they're meant to be!
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