Duffy and Bailey were great friends. This is one of Duffy’s early contact sheets shot in 1962 and you can see where Bailey is posing in his traditional brooding look but a joke must have been cracked, Bailey breaks into a smile and Duffy finishes with a double exposure. This was mates having fun and experimenting with photography.
David Royston Bailey CBE was born on the 2nd of January 1938. The Iconic English fashion and portrait photographer was instrumental in the shaping of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ along with Duffy and Donovan. Aptly named the ‘Black Trinity’ by Norman Parkinson. Bailey grew up in East Ham and went to a private school in Ilford which he rarely attended, leaving on his 15th birthday. After a series of dead-end jobs he was called for national service in 1956 serving with the Royal Air Force in Singapore in 1957. At this time his creative outlet of playing the trumpet was not allowed so he bought a Rolleiflex camera. After his service was finished by August 1958, Bailey was determined to pursue a career in photography. Due to his poor education record, he could not obtain a position at the London College of Printing however in 1959 he was called to an interview with photographer John French. By 1960 Bailey was being contracted for Vogue magazine which set him on course to become one of the first celebrity photographers.
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