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David Bailey's box of pin-ups

Photograph
1965 (printed and published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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. Together, they 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.
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 Morris was the manager of the Ad Lib nightclub. His tough stance seems to illustrate Wyndham's assertion that 'even in daylight, Morris is surrounded by a pale glow of nocturnal health - a semi-physical attribute known in the East End as 'moontan'.'


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleBrian Morris (assigned by artist)
Materials and Techniques
Half-tone print
Brief Description
Brian Morris, half-tone print from 'David Bailey's box of pin-ups', by David Bailey, published 1965
Physical Description
Black and white half-tone portrait against white background of Brian Morris, hands in pockets, wearing a tweed jacket, thin black tie and black trousers.
Dimensions
  • Width: 32cm
  • Height: 37cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Brian Morris (Printed; Reverse, top left)
  • text about Brian Morris (Printed; Reverse; Wyndham, Francis)
Credit line
Given by Mark Haworth-Booth
Object history
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.
Subject depicted
Summary
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. Together, they 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.

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 Morris was the manager of the Ad Lib nightclub. His tough stance seems to illustrate Wyndham's assertion that 'even in daylight, Morris is surrounded by a pale glow of nocturnal health - a semi-physical attribute known in the East End as 'moontan'.'
Bibliographic Reference
David Bailey's box of pin-ups, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964
Collection
Accession Number
E.2047:10-2004

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record createdFebruary 10, 2004
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