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Jul 07 - Aug 31

Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival, Église Sainte-Anne , Arles, , , France
  • Mick Jagger, 1964, by David Bailey

  • Sue Murray, 1965, by David Bailey

  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1965, by David Bailey


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David Bailey’s “Stardust” at the 45th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles festival, France

Les Rencontres d’Arles, France’s largest photography festival, dedicates a major exhibition to the work of legendary British photographer David Bailey. Titled “Stardust”, the exhibition, which was first presented at the National Portrait Gallery of London some months ago, covers his impressive 50-year career, with more than 250 images, personally selected and printed by the photographer himself. Bailey is considered as one of the most prominent image makers of all times and is world-famous for revolutionizing fashion photography and capturing like no one the spirit of Swinging London. His more than 350 British Vogue covers, his iconic portraits and and his enormous capacity to establish a profound engagement with his subjects, getting the best out of them, have gained him numerous fans and made him a true legend.

“Stardust” offers the public the unique opportunity to discover Bailey’s internationally acclaimed work and the impressive range of subjects he has captured: actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels; many of them famous, some anonymous, all of them unforgettable. From Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol to Michael Caine, David Hockney, Molly Parkin and Rudolf Nureyev, passing from Mary Quant, Jean Shrimpton, Grace Jones and Kate Moss, the list of his subjects seemingly includes every noteworthy figure of his day.

The exhibition also focuses on Bailey’s time in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Delhi and the Naga Hills, as well as on his documentary images from London’s East End, where he grew up, and the shots of the 1985 famine in east Africa that he took in support of Band Aid. Last, but not least, a special room is dedicated to his wife, model Catherine Dyer, with never-seen-before images of their life together. Bailey’s “Stardust” is an emotive and ever-inspiring tribute to the life of one of the founding fathers of contemporary photography, and at the same time an ode to the social and cultural trends of a whole era, making it a definite no-miss for all photography lovers out there!