David Bailey

David Bailey


Author Profession: English Photographer
Born: January 02, 1938
Age: 78 years old
Birth Sign: Capricorn


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A positive attitude can really make dreams come true - it did for me.

Being handsome wasn't much of a burden. It worked for me.

All I could do at school was paint and draw and that was the only time I ever passed any exam. It was the only thing I ever got right at school.

The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.

To get rich, you have to be making money while you're asleep.

Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love.

Botticelli would have made a very good fashion photographer. He did eight heads instead of seven heads in a body, which is fashion illustration.

I hate being so nostalgic about the Sixties.

The skull is nature's sculpture.

If you're curious, London's an amazing place.

Rockers are the nicest people to photograph. They have no inhibitions.

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.

It's not about composition. It's the way you feel about how your objects should relate to each other. I've got lots of African statues and things, and the cleaner arranges them like soldiers, which drives me mad. So I have to rearrange them, and I must drive her mad, because I'm doing anarchy and she's doing military manoeuvres.

I don't think my work does reflect my nationality - I don't like the idea of nationalism.

I don't see the point of photographing trees or rocks because they're there and anyone can photograph them if they're prepared to hang around and wait for the light.

Being trendy is dangerous. I've never been trendy, which is why I've never really fallen out of favour.

The first half of the 20th century belongs to Picasso, and the second half is about photography. They said digital would kill photography because everyone can do it, but they said that about the box brownie in 1885 when it came out. It makes photography interesting because everyone thinks they can take a picture.

I sort of fall in love with them when I'm photographing them - men and women.

I didn't try and do fashion pictures. I tried to do portraits of girls wearing dresses.

I never tried to revolutionise photography; I just do what I do and keep my fingers crossed that people will like it.

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