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Bailey's Stardust
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2014
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 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. There are photographs in the exhibition taken with an iPhone that don't appear in the book which demonstrate that he has never stood still and continues to push at boundaries. Although the book isn't great from the point of view of the print quality, it is worth buying as a record of the remarkable breadth of Bailey's talent and interest. He's not just David Bailey.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2014
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
I missed the exhibition but this excellent catalogue makes up for that. Photos to study again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2014
Some pictures are dark, but apparently they're meant to be!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2014
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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on 18 May 2014
printing is well made and selection of fantastic photos. Undoubtedly a rich source of inspiration. A book to have in the collection.
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