David Bailey: I Want To Entertain People
Photographer David Bailey says a new exhibition of his work is intended to be both entertaining and educational.
David Bailey's Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery is a display of more than 250 images which have been personally selected and reprinted by the photographer himself.
The exhibition features iconic portraits of some of the world's most famous faces including John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Nelson Mandela and Jack Nicholson.
Bailey told Sky News: "I thought I'd kind of make it entertaining and interesting. So I put in pictures which use lots of different techniques.
"I want people to come in, maybe learn something but be entertained as well. I don't want it to be sad and academic."
The exhibition takes up most of the museum's ground floor and is divided thematically into 19 different sections.
As well as fashion icons, models, musicians and actors, the photographs cover a vast range of subjects including his 1974 expedition to Papua New Guinea and the famine in east Africa in the 1980s.
But Bailey is perhaps best known for capturing - and even maybe helping to define - the Swinging Sixties.
Mick Jagger's ex-wife, the model and actress Jerry Hall, was one of those to be immortalised by David Bailey.
She said: "He reminds me of one of those 1930s film directors. You know, 'do this, do that'. It's all a bit of a comic thing.
"But all the time he is looking and looking for the picture and he has a great eye, he is a wonderful artist."
Bailey's Stardust opens at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday.
David Bailey's Stardust: Exclusive airs February 11 at 9pm on Sky Arts 1.
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