My visit to David Bailey’s ‘Stardust’ exhibition.

Being a fan of David Bailey’s work, I was keen to see his ‘Stardust’ exhibition in The National Portrait Gallery in London.

To finally see a photographer’s work which I have admired for so long was an inspiring experience. To see photographs I have only ever seen on the internet or a postcard to be hanging on a gallery wall was a lovely feeling. I particularly enjoyed being able to see the contact sheets, with Bailey’s markings on and ideas for framings. This allows the viewer to have a slight insight into how Bailey works, crossings out and seeing mistake photos which show all of the process of finding the perfect image. It was also very interesting to see so many photos from a number of shoots that have produced some of the most iconic images to Bailey’s name.

However the over all exhibition was oddly arranged and I feel if it had been organized into chronological order it may have emphasized just how long Bailey has been in the business. I really enjoyed the exhibition and was so excited that I went round several times. Such an inspiring and brilliant exhibition!


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