"I never set out to be a photographer." - David Bailey

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

David Royston Bailey, born January 2nd, 1938 in London, to Herbert Bailey (father) and Sharon Bailey (mother). Throughout his school years, Bailey struggled as he suffers with dyslexia and dyspraxia and this led him to leave school with no qualifications at 15, but Bailey loved natural history, and this eventually led him to photography. Initially, Bailey attempted to obtain a place at the London College of Printing but was unsuccessful due to his school record but not long after he was able to secure a job working as a Second Assistant for David Ollins and earned £3.50 a week. He was then called for an interview with John French.


His early career included the following positions:

1959 - Photographic assistant for John French Studio

Early 1960 - Photographer for John Cole's Studio Five

Late 1960 - Contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue


Photographer David Bailey and model Jean Shrimpton, 1963.

Photo by Terry O'Neill.


Kate Moss by David Bailey, 2013.

Photographer: David Bailey.


I have been doing some research into photographers from the UK and I have encountered David Bailey. I found that I could really connect with him as a photographer as when I attended primary and secondary education, I struggled to achieve satisfactory grades due to an undiagnosed learning disability.

Now, I am a final year Fine Art university student who is achieving above my predicted grades and I am planning to pursue a career in Photography.



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



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