David Royston Bailey was born in East London in 1938. He began his photographic career in 1960 at Vogue magazine, and became the inspiration for the character of fashion photographer David Hemmings in Antonioni’s 1966 film Blowup. He has shot album sleeves for musicians as famous as the Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull and Cat Stevens. He has also directed and produced television programmes.
He was awarded, amongst a number of other awards, the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (2005). His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the International Center of Photography (NY) and the Moderna Museet (Stockholm).