The National Portrait Gallery in London is best known for its stunning collections of Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian, and Victorian-era art. But now, the most talked about exhibit at the museum is totally contemporary. The show “Stardust” features the works of the king of contemporary portraiture, photographer David Bailey. In this retrospective show, we see David Bailey’s photographs from the 1950s to 2013. The subjects of his photographs range from fashion models and icons of pop culture to close family members and people encountered in his travels. In an homage to his roots, the exhibit also includes photographs taken in London’s East End over the years. Impressively, Bailey is not only the artist of the exhibit – he’s also the curator.
Often playful and sometimes serious, Bailey’s portraits create an aura of glamour. His vision captured and helped define the style of the swinging sixties, and his works continue to influence style today. But Bailey’s photographs also strive to uncover the person in each photograph – they have a depth and beauty that transcends the fleetingness of pop trends. If you’re lucky enough to be in London between March and June 2014, this is a show worth visiting.
Read more about “Stardust” here.