From Kate Moss to the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn and Francis Bacon, it showed an otherworldly bunch with otherworldly lives – ones far removed from the photographer’s east London upbringing.
However, Bailey has never forgotten his roots – as 2012’s Bailey’s East End exhibition in Newham proved.
Another exhibition opens this week that nods to Bailey’s less star-filled, glitzy side, entitled Bailey: For Real.
The show is being held at the Daniel Blau gallery in Hoxton, east London, and will feature images of Bailey’s travels in Delhi alongside those of the areas near where he grew up in the capital.
The gallery describes the selection of image as ‘his photographs of the everyday’, though stars like designers Zandra Rhodes do still get a look-in for those hankering after the glamour of Bailey’s more familiar artworks.
The gallery says, ‘When displayed together in our exhibition these works constitute a relatively unexplored yet equally intriguing component of Bailey’s artistic oeuvre.
‘Bailey has taken his hand to these works, often tearing them and leaving behind a ragged and frayed edge. This fact emphasises the tactile nature of his photographs and renders each piece entirely unique’.
Bailey: For Real runs from May 16-June 28 at Daniel Blau Gallery, 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB