OK, David Bailey was not a wedding photographer, he was a fashion photographer, but his talent and creativity was outstanding.
He was born in 1938 in East London. His background could be called modest or even worse as he was known to wear cardboard footwear during his formative years.
The Early Years
David was not an outstanding pupil. His school attendance was continually interrupted by the German bombing. In addition to that David was later found to have dyslexia, something that was unknown at the time. Suffering with Dyslexia was usually regarded as being low on intelligence.
David had to stay at school until he reached 15. He spent three years in a range of dead end jobs. In 1956, he joined the Royal Air Force to do his National Service legislation and was posted to Singapore in 1957. In this time his interest in photography blossomed and invested in a Rolleiflex camera.
Photography as a Career
When his National Service ended 1958, David decided he wanted to be a professional photographer(I know the feeling) and he wanted to enrol in the London College of Printing. However his application was rejected because of his low academic record.
In 1959, David landed a job with John French, a well-known fashion and portrait photographer. The year after, he landed a contract job with Vogue magazine. He then began building a reputation as a freelancer.
David’s arrival on the photography scene was met with the cultural revolution that was known as The Swinging Sixties. Suddenly there was an enormous rise in interest among the general public in celebrity & fashion. Pop music was profoundly changing, and the world found its first and some say best supermodel, Jean Shrimpton. Ms Shrimpton’s fame attributable to the stunning images Bailey made of her.
David became as well known as the celebrities and stars he photographed. He worked in the same circles as the leading icons of the day and was friends with the Royal Family as well as countless top names in cinema and show business.
David Bailey Today
David still works in photography and has directed commercials, documentaries, and dramas. He has an interest in painting and exhibited his works. David was made a CBE for his work and service to the arts.