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The son of an East End London tailor, Bailey left school at 15 for a number of dead-end jobs. While on National Service in Singapore in 1956 he bought a cheap camera. Back in Civvy Street he began working as a photographer's odd-job boy, eventually becoming assistant to a leading fashion photographer in London.
A contract with Vogue magazine in 1960 saw Bailey’s career
take off. His use of outdoor locations brought a news reportage look to fashion
features. His work with model Jean Shrimpton turned her into a symbol of
the early 1960s.
Bailey has published a number of books of his collected photos and has also covered topics other than fashion, such as the Vietnamese boat-people and life in a New Guinea tribe as well as making TV documentaries.This is a very fine black and white self-portrait (6" x 4.75"), boldly signed in black ink. In excellent condition.