David Bailey: Flowers, Skulls, Contacts (Signed)
Artist(s): David Bailey
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2010
Publisher Location: Gottingen
Total Pages: 168
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated
1 in stock
Hardback. First Edition. Signed by Bailey to half-title page. Faux brown leather boards. “What do flowers, skulls and contact sheets have in common? Not much you might think, but David Bailey begs to differ. This book combines Bailey’s recent colour photographs of still-life flowers and skulls, with black and white contacts of his iconic celebrity portraiture and fashion work from the 1960s.
One might analyze Bailey’s combination of these bodies of work in light of the vanitas tradition, seeing it as a commentary on mortality and the passing of time. Indeed such a reading is tempting when comparing images of wilting roses with contacts of Brian Jones and John Lennon, both of whom appear confident in the prime of youth, unaware of the fates that will befall them.
But perhaps this is too much, and Bailey himself would probably tell you so. For him, the flowers, skulls and contacts are simply different projects that he was working on simultaneously and decided to combine because he likes the idea of “eclectic collections. Enough said.” Condition: Near Fine
This book combines Bailey’s recent colour photographs of still-life flowers and skulls, with black and white contacts of his iconic celebrity portraiture and fashion work from the 1960s. Signed by David Bailey on the half title page with his customary scrawl.