I was on my way to Shoreditch House for lunch with Nicky, one of my oldest friends in London, when she called and told me we’d been invited last minute for a private press view for the new David Bailey exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery. Did I wanna go? Hellz yeah! Nicky runs the hugely successful It’s Rude to Stare website, which always offers fun and cool tips about what to do and see in London, so I always trust her recommendations !
The exhibition, which opens tomorrow the 6th of February and runs until the 1st of June, is called Bailey’s Stardust. And Stardust there is… There are over 300 portraits (making this the biggest David Bailey exhibition ever) and the majority of photos are of celebs. Stars everywhere! Kings and Queens of glamour and decadence such as The Rolling Stones, Jerry Hall, Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson, Catherine Bailey, Jean Shrimpton… to name but a few. What strikes me about this exhibition is the extreme variety and width of his photography. Yes, in one room you see the glamorous celebrities, but in the next you are transported to the other side of the spectrum: pictures from the extreme 80’s famine in Africa made me shiver.
We took our time and wandered about talking and musing over the wonderful photography. Other members of the press took advantage of the fact that I gladly posed for pictures in front of the actual pictures… yep, you guessed it, it turned into a pose-a-ton. Afterwards, we headed over to Hotel Chocolat in Covent Garden for coffee… but who can say no to their delicious chocolate? We’re only human, after all!
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6 February- 1 June 2014
National Portrait Gallery www.ngp.oorg.uk
Full Price Tickets £16.00