David Royston Bailey ‒ he goes by Bailey, never David ‒ is born on 2nd January in Leytonstone

Dr Gustav Jaeger


Upon leaving school (on his fifteenth birthday), he takes a series of odd jobs to make ends meet: carpet salesman, window dresser, debt collector and copy boy for the Yorkshire Post


Bailey is stationed in Singapore during his National Service with the Royal Air Force, where he buys his first professional camera ‒ a Rolleiflex.

Dr Gustav Jaeger


Returns to London and applies to all the top photography studios for an apprenticeship. Begins his career as an assistant, first to David Olins and then to John French


Goes freelance before being offered a contract at British Vogue (which he initially turns down)

Dr Gustav Jaeger


Marries his first wife, Rosemary Bramble, and starts working for Vogue


Jets off to New York with (then-girlfriend) Jean Shrimpton to shoot ‘Young Idea Goes West’, a Vogue editorial that captures the public’s imagination and catapults the pair to stardom

Dr Gustav Jaeger


Weds French actress Catherine Deneuve. Bailey becomes synonymous with the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and in this year shoots iconic portraits of Sir Michael Caine, John Lennon and Paul McCartney


Produces and directs a series of documentaries on three of the 20th century’s leading cultural figures: Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton and Luchino Visconti

Dr Gustav Jaeger


Marries for the third time to Hawaiian-born model Marie Helvin, his muse for much of the decade


Marries the model Catherine Dyer. Still together, the couple have three children ‒ Paloma, Fenton (a photographer in his own right) and Sascha

Dr Gustav Jaeger


Writes and directs the South Bank film ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ starring his wife Catherine


Awarded a CBE for services to art. Thirteen years later, he is commissioned to photograph the Queen at Buckingham Palace in honour of her 88th birthday



Awarded the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to photography


A BBC2 film, ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’, dramatises that famous 1962 Vogue shoot, with Aneurin Barnard as Bailey and Karen Gillan as Jean Shrimpton

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