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Photograph - David Bailey's box of pin-ups
  • David Bailey's box of pin-ups
    Bailey, David, born 1938
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David Bailey's box of pin-ups

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1965 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bailey, David, born 1938 (photographer)
    Wyndham, Francis (writer)
    Boxer, Mark, born 1931 - died 1988 (designer)
    Hillman, David (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Half-tone print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mark Haworth-Booth

  • Museum number:

    E.2047:4-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1035

David Bailey rose to fame as a fashion photographer in the early 1960s, his photographs. He published 'David Bailey's box of pin-ups' in 1965 as a loose portfolio of 36 portraits of the mainly-male fashionable elite that, as the cover description states, 'belong to Bailey's own world of fashion, pop music and the Ad Lib [nightclub]'. Each portrait is accompanied by notes by Francis Wyndham.
Surprisingly, only four of the pin-ups are women, all of whom are models. As the notes explain, 'in the age of Mick Jagger, it is the boys who are the pin-ups'. Brian Epstein was the Beatles' first manager, credited with 'discovering' them in Liverpool's Cavern club. Here he is portrayed as 'the angel (or devil?) behind the Beatles boom'.
The portraits constitute a celebration of the growing celebrity culture of the Sixties, and many of them have become the definitive images of key figures of cultural life in London during the Swinging Sixties.

Physical description

Black and white half-tone print of a young man in a suit with black tie against a white backdrop. A close-up of his head and shoulders is montaged with a three-quarter length blurred image of him with arms folded.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1965 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

Bailey, David, born 1938 (photographer)
Wyndham, Francis (writer)
Boxer, Mark, born 1931 - died 1988 (designer)
Hillman, David (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Half-tone print

Marks and inscriptions

Brian Epstein
Printed; Reverse, top left

Brian Epstein - angel (or devil?) behind the Beatles boom
Printed; Reverse; Wyndham, Francis

Dimensions

Height: 345 mm Sheet, Width: 400 mm Sheet

Object history note

David Bailey rose to fame as a fashion photographer in the early 1960s, his photographs. He published 'David Bailey's box of pin-ups' in 1965 as a loose portfolio of 36 portraits of the mainly-male fashionable elite that, as the cover description states, 'belong to Bailey's own world of fashion, pop music and the Ad Lib [nightclub]'. Surprisingly, only four of the pin-ups are women, all of whom are models. As the notes explain, 'in the age of Mick Jagger, it is the boys who are the pin-ups'.
The portraits constitute a celebration of the growing celebrity culture of the Sixties, and many of them have become the definitive images of key figures of cultural life in London during the Swinging Sixties.

Descriptive line

Brian Epstein, half-tone print from 'David Bailey's box of pin-ups', by David Bailey, published 1965

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

David Bailey's box of pin-ups, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964
Walter Moser and Klaus Albrecht Schroder (eds), Blow-up. Antonioni's Classic Film and Photography Hatje Cantz, 2014. ISBN: 978-3775737371.
P. 201

Categories

Fashion; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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