View Full Version : David Bailey "I`ve got this Leica thing ..... "

Michael Markey
05-24-2017, 15:52

05-24-2017, 16:07
You think he's talking about one of the Leica Monochrom cameras that he's sticking a 1950's lens on? That would be interesting. Would love to give one of those to Helen Hill.


05-24-2017, 17:32
Thanks for the link.

I like this quote:

PR: Do you feel that today everyone is a photographer because everyone has a camera on their phone?

DB: It’s always been that way. In and around 1895 when they brought out the first box camera the professionals said, ‘ Oh this is the end of photography’. It’s not, is it? It becomes something else. You get to the point where you can’t really do that kind of pictures anymore, cause everyone’s doing them. That sort of street photography, that’s so popular. There’s so much of it on the net. They can all copy it.

05-24-2017, 21:12
This is my favorite section of the piece:

PR: "Like Irving Penn, you are an artist. Do you value your non-photographic work on par with your photography? "
DB: "I don’t separate it out. You do what you do. Some people bake bread, some make bicycles. Art is like Love. People think they know what love is but often they don’t. It’s the same with art. It’s something you do or you don’t do. Love …Art…I don’t really know what it means…"


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Richard G
05-25-2017, 02:14
This is what I was most struck by: "The only photography that interests me is when it’s completely personal. You have to make it personal and make it join up with your subject to make it unique."

Elsewhere, when asked why he gave up fashion photography: "I got sick of frocks." You can hear him saying something slightly more alliterative.

05-25-2017, 03:31
Thought I saw that "The Classic Camera" had David Bailey's MM for sale a while back

05-25-2017, 05:59
Thought I saw that "The Classic Camera" had David Bailey's MM for sale a while back

Yes, I saw that too.

05-25-2017, 06:01
Nice article. Interesting what he says about dark prints, I saw a Paul Strand exhibition about a year ago and nearly everything was on the dark side and, as a viewer, you tend to look harder when this is the case. Not saying it's compulsory...

05-25-2017, 07:36
Yes, I saw that too.

It looked well used certainly not a shelf queen.

05-25-2017, 07:48
.... yum to a Monochrom with a 1950's lens, that might just suit me Fine ;)

Got a first generation NIKKOR-SC 5cm f1.4, first batch made after Duncan's f1.5 version. Would love to see how that renders on an original Monochrom.


Michael Markey
05-25-2017, 08:13
There`s a film Leica in this early piece ....


05-25-2017, 08:41
Small interview with plenty of warming words. About printing in the darkroom and digging on-line dross. And emerging outsiders, just like impressionists were.