This will be one of the Gallery’s largest scale exhibitions, counting over 250 portraits (including the above from Kate Moss, and from Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton below). As well as including new work, this remarkable exhibition showcases a wide variety of Bailey’s photographs from across a career that has spanned more than half a century. The portraits have been personally selected by Bailey from the subjects and groups that he has captured over the last five decades: actors, writers, musicians, politicians, filmmakers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels; many of them famous, some unknown, all of them engaging and memorable. Bailey will be providing new silver gelatin prints of these black and white portraits especially for the exhibition.
About working with his subjects, the 75-year old Bailey said to the Independent: “I’m a whore; I fall in love with them while they’re with me, whether man or woman. They’re the centre of your universe for two hours.”
The exhibition is supported by HUGO BOSS as its lead sponsor.
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place, London