David Bailey – “one of East London’s most famous sons”
On July 6th, Compressor House, that ‘historic industrial building in London’s Royal Docks’, will play host to the world famous photographic works from ”one of East London’s most famous sons”, David Bailey.
Simply titled “David Bailey’s East End“, this looks like a must-see event for both Londoners within the local vicinity and from further afield.
Sure to peel back the delicate layers of East London’s multi-faceted history and the terrifically diverse and rich culture of the area; not to mention the tremendous calibre of Bailey’s work, this exhibition will be a visual feast of iconic imagery from decades gone by
Having exhibited all over the world, worked for Vogue magazine, photographed a whole host of global celebrities and played a key hand in establishing the “Swinging Sixties” during his illustrious career, David Bailey “has regularly returned to the stomping ground of his youth to photograph the streets and their inhabitants”.
So, East London welcomes back it’s prodigal son once more, with a month-long exhibition charting the best of Bailey’s works from the past 50 years, with photographs documenting the “changing physical and social landscapes of the area from the early 1960s to the present day.”
That means there really will be a plethora of photographic brilliance on show, charting everything from the plight of the infamous Kray twins to the radical change seen within East London’s boroughs over the years.
As The Londoneer reported last week, David Bailey has always expressed great loyalty to his roots:
“London’s East End is in my DNA and I’m thrilled to be able to return to my roots in Newham. The Olympics are helping to transform the borough and I’m delighted to be playing a special part in its transformation.”
It is with that rather fitting testimony that we look forward to heading on down to an exhibition which is sure to be popular with many Londoners.
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