August 21 2014

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“The Only Way To Be Creative Was In Fashion Photography, Really”


So says David Bailey, in a video chat with the Guardian‘s Sarfraz Manzoor well worth eight minutes of your time this afternoon. A collection of Bailey’s iconic work from the sixties (like his famous shot of Michael Caine, pictured) is now on view and on sale at Bonhams in London. The lensman—who still considers himself “working class,” more or less—is as salty as ever discussing his shots (“I bet Michelangelo thought, shit, not another ceiling!”). He’s got advice for young photographers—”they shouldn’t borrow—they should steal,”—as well as a few restrictions for his own work. Among them: no more celebrities. “They’re too much trouble,” he says of his refusal to shoot the Gaga et al. Check out the full video here.

Photo: Tristan Gregory / Camera Press / Retna

Dept. of Culture