Born in 1938 in the East End of the British capital, Bailey started taking photographs with his mother’s Brownie camera. Inspired by Picasso, when Bailey first saw his paintings of Dora Maar, he says, “It was like getting religion: in those few paintings he showed me there were no rules.”In 1960, David Bailey began photographing for British Vogue, and his fashion work and celebrity portraiture, known for stark backgrounds and dramatic lighting effects, transformed British fashion and celebrity photography. His work reflects the 1960s British cultural trend of breaking down antiquated and rigid class barriers by injecting a ‘punk’ look into both clothing and artistic products.