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Bailey's Stardust (National Gallery of Scotland: Exhibition Catalogues) [Hardcover]

David Bailey , Tim Marlow
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6 Feb 2014 National Gallery of Scotland: Exhibition Catalogues
The portraits in this book have been personally selected by Bailey from the wide range of subjects and groups that he has captured so brilliantly over the last five decades: actors, writers, musicians, politicians, film-makers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels to Australia, India, Sudan and Papua New Guinea; many of them famous, some unknown, all of them engaging and memorable. Baileys Stardust will be accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in spring 2014, which will then tour to venues on four continents. The book, like the exhibition, is structured thematically, with iconic images presented alongside many lesser-known and previously unseen portraits, and includes an illuminating introduction by the art historian Tim Marlow. Initially engaged as an assistant to John French in 1959, Bailey was contracted by British Vogue the following year. He has since worked for the French, Italian and American editions of the magazine, created album sleeves for major recording artists such as the Rolling Stones, directed television commercials, and made documentary films, including in-depth studies of Cecil Beaton, Luchino Visconti and Andy Warhol. Baileys photographs helped to define the cultural and social scene of the 1960s, and immortalising figures from the worlds of fashion, music, film and art soon elevated Bailey to the status of celebrity himself. Antonionis cult film Blow-up (1966), about a London fashion photographer, was inspired by Bailey, whose life was also dramatised recently in the BBC film Well Take Manhattan (2012), which tells the story of his 1962 New York fashion shoot with the model Jean Shrimpton. The tritone-printed images in this book have been reproduced from prints newly made by David Bailey himself for the accompanying exhibition. The photographer has been closely involved in all aspects of the design and production of the book, including page layout, the selection of the paper and the tonal density of the printed images.

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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,122 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a bigger coffee table 23 Feb 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Way back in the 70s I had the honour to produce about 20 40”x30” b/w prints from Bailey’s original negatives for an exhibition at Kodak House in London so I was really keen to see this book. However as I was a bit put off by some of the comments on print quality I managed to take a look through my library and I’m most glad I did so before paying out forty odd quid.
Most of his work was intentionally grainy as well as fairly high contrast high key but full of detail, not the case in this publication. There isn’t one picture be it mono or colour that is of good quality while most are terrible. I have seen a higher standard printing in my local freebie newspaper.
I do urge all good people to check it out through your library before being truly disappointed
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Print quality doesn't do pictures justice 27 Feb 2014
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The quality of the printing is appalling. Shadow areas of the images are completely clogged in. The pictures deserve better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars David Bailey, who's he? 14 May 2014
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Mar 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Photographs 24 Jun 2014
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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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