Published on February 26, 2014 | by Louise Baxter

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Exhibition review: Bailey’s Stardust

★★★★

David Bailey's portrait of Kate Moss

Bailey is famous for his black and white portraits of celebrities such as Kate Moss [National Portrait Gallery]

From his first post-war shots of the derelict streets of east London in which he grew up, David bailey has come a long way.

The National Portrait Gallery offers a tribute to the A-list photographer with the largest retrospective ever dedicated to his work.

Bailey’s Stardust compiles a collection of Bailey’s stunning black and white portraits of the many celebrities he has photographed; from his first love Jean Shrimpton to The Beatles, Kate Moss and Jack Nicholson – there is so much variety captured in this exhibition.

Bailey’s photography does not end with celebrity portraits.

He has also ventured to east Africa, Australia, Delhi and the Naga Hills.

These photographic reports show a very different aspect of his work, demonstrating his work for Live Aid and his collaboration with Bob Geldof.

The disposition of the rooms can be a bit unsettling, especially when walking from the AIDS awareness series to shots of Bailey’s wife in labour, and finally to portraits of Abby Lee Kershaw in an beekeeping suit, but don’t let that put you off – this exhibition is worth visiting.

At the wise old age of 76, Bailey continues to shoot what he wants, when he wants, no matter what people might make of it afterwards.

Bailey’s Stardust will finish on June 1, 2014.

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