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The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.

The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.

A positive attitude can really make dreams come true - it did for me.

A positive attitude can really make dreams come true - it did for me.

To get rich, you have to be making money while you're asleep. ---->>>

If you're curious, London's an amazing place.

If you're curious, London's an amazing place.

Being handsome wasn't much of a burden. It worked for me. ---->>>

The first half of the 20th century belongs to Picasso, and the second half is about photography. They said digital would kill photography because everyone can do it, but they said that about the box brownie in 1885 when it came out. It makes photography interesting because everyone thinks they can take a picture. ---->>>

I never tried to revolutionise photography; I just do what I do and keep my fingers crossed that people will like it. ---->>>

Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love. ---->>>

The skull is nature's sculpture.

The skull is nature's sculpture.

Fashion often starts off beautiful and becomes ugly, whereas art starts off ugly sometimes and becomes beautiful. ---->>>

I always go for simplicity. ---->>>

I didn't try and do fashion pictures. I tried to do portraits of girls wearing dresses. ---->>>

London changes because of money. It's real estate. If they can build some offices or expensive apartments they will, it's money that changes everything in a city. ---->>>

I was surrounded by strong women so it had never even occurred to me that women were anything other than equal to men. ---->>>

Rockers are the nicest people to photograph. They have no inhibitions. ---->>>

It's not about composition. It's the way you feel about how your objects should relate to each other. I've got lots of African statues and things, and the cleaner arranges them like soldiers, which drives me mad. So I have to rearrange them, and I must drive her mad, because I'm doing anarchy and she's doing military manoeuvres. ---->>>

When I die I want to go to Vogue. ---->>>

I know everything should be photographed. It helps me make sense of my existence. ---->>>

All I could do at school was paint and draw and that was the only time I ever passed any exam. It was the only thing I ever got right at school.

All I could do at school was paint and draw and that was the only time I ever passed any exam. It was the only thing I ever got right at school.

The trouble with people like Tony Blair is they get confused, they think intelligence is education when they're two different things.

The trouble with people like Tony Blair is they get confused, they think intelligence is education when they're two different things.

Girls are more attractive to me than dresses. ---->>>

You can't really copy what I do because I don't do anything. ---->>>

All pictures are unnatural. All pictures are sad because they're about dead people. Paintings you don't think of in a special time or with a specific event. With photos I always think I'm looking at something dead.

All pictures are unnatural. All pictures are sad because they're about dead people. Paintings you don't think of in a special time or with a specific event. With photos I always think I'm looking at something dead.

Instead of putting someone in prison for being a hooligan, give him a choice. He may have beaten someone up and he's got eight years, but tell him you can do eight years inside or spend five years in the Army. Put him in the Parachute Regiment, they'd soon sort him out. ---->>>

Being trendy is dangerous. I've never been trendy, which is why I've never really fallen out of favour. ---->>>

I don't think global warming is to do with us, I think it's a natural circle. I don't think a few Ferraris make that much difference. ---->>>

I don't think my work does reflect my nationality - I don't like the idea of nationalism. ---->>>

I've always been a bit flip. ---->>>

I hate being so nostalgic about the Sixties. ---->>>

I have never met an ugly woman. ---->>>

If I have any sexist feelings they are aimed at men: I hate manly men. ---->>>

In New York, everyone's desperate for success, desperate for money and desperate to be accepted, but in London they're more laid back about things like that. ---->>>

I don't see the point of photographing trees or rocks because they're there and anyone can photograph them if they're prepared to hang around and wait for the light. ---->>>

People want security in this insecure world. ---->>>

I am mad about my wife. ---->>>

I was dyslexic, so I was put in the silly class at school. ---->>>

Fortunately I didn't get educated because if I'd got educated I'd be an educated fool now. ---->>>

Being dyslexic, I was told that I was an idiot all the time. ---->>>

I like change. There's something Buddhist about it - continuous change is wonderful. ---->>>

I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked. ---->>>

Sometimes I still can't believe my luck. ---->>>

I left school on my 15th birthday. ---->>>

I don't like any sport except boxing and bull fighting. ---->>>

I was a terrible father. The most I ever did for my children was to teach them chess. At least they got that. ---->>>

The Sixties was a time of breaking down class barriers, although I think class still exists today in some areas. ---->>>

It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse. ---->>>

I always look at people and think how I would cast them. ---->>>

I'm not really one for regrets. ---->>>

I love learning new techniques. ---->>>

I love people for giving me their time. It's a privilege - I make the most of it. ---->>>

Rather than knowing more, I think I've got more open-minded. ---->>>

Botticelli would have made a very good fashion photographer. He did eight heads instead of seven heads in a body, which is fashion illustration. ---->>>

Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. ---->>>

Good shoes are important. I wear English brogues in a wide fitting. They last me years. ---->>>

I am not responsible for all the journalists in the past that have told lies. ---->>>

I could develop a picture by the time I was 12. ---->>>

I did painting before I did photography. ---->>>

I didn't know a time when there wasn't a war because I spent all my time from the age of two or three to eight in a coal cellar really. ---->>>

I didn't know I was going to live for 50 years. It has come as a shock. ---->>>

I don't feel very optimistic in London. ---->>>

I had a terrible time with feminists in the Seventies. They hated me, those women. I think they hated everything. ---->>>

I hate men who are in touch with their feminine side. ---->>>

I have always wanted to live in the present and never the past. ---->>>

I just thought it was magic that you could stick a bit of paper in some coffee-type liquid and a picture comes out. ---->>>

I never set out to be a photographer. ---->>>

I was ten when I got my first serious beating. It was rough. ---->>>

I'm never shocked, I'm not the shockable type! ---->>>

If something becomes old-fashioned, it was no good to start with. Think about it. Michelangelo is not old-fashioned. ---->>>

It always amazes me when people ask you to do something and then tell you how to do it. ---->>>

It's only a few nutcases who do art for themselves, like Van Gogh. ---->>>

John Parsons, the gay art director at 'Vogue,' really started my career. ---->>>

Kate Moss is the best thing since Jean Shrimpton, really. ---->>>

My exploits are nothing now to the average person. ---->>>

My paintings are rubbish. ---->>>

The only thing approaching art in a movie is the script. ---->>>

The only thing they can't teach you at art school is art. ---->>>

There's nothing wrong with being a fashion photographer, but it's a bit limited. ---->>>

You adapt to who you're photographing. ---->>>

Everyone gets old - there's nothing you can do about it. ---->>>

I don't do proud. ---->>>

I don't really like the term 'artist.' I'm not sure what it means. It's a bit like 'love.' ---->>>

I don't think it matters where I came from any more. ---->>>

I guess I'm the last of the Cockneys. ---->>>

I sort of fall in love with them when I'm photographing them - men and women. ---->>>

I suppose because my work was so popular people didn't really look at it. ---->>>

I used to love the '20s. ---->>>

I'm an image-maker. ---->>>

I'm not a philosopher, I'm just a simple boy from East Ham. ---->>>

I'm not mad about movies, there are too many people involved in the making of them, and they lack a definitive creative focus. ---->>>

I'm not political and I don't judge. ---->>>

I've always tried to do pictures that don't date. ---->>>

I've been used by women all my life, fortunately. ---->>>

I've had some weird experiences. ---->>>

I've never been anti-women. ---->>>

In a way, a man's body is more beautiful than a woman's. ---->>>

In France they don't think I'm difficult. ---->>>

Journalists never make it clear when you are joking. ---->>>

My father was a tailor, my mother a machinist. ---->>>

My first influence obviously was Picasso. ---->>>

My friends are all megalomaniacs - from Damien Hirst to Jack Nicholson - all of them. ---->>>

Nothing wrong with retouching - nothing new about retouching. ---->>>

Photography is more about money now but then so are most things. ---->>>

The earth has a life of its own. ---->>>

You have to kind of be invisible when you photograph children, so you use a longer lens. ---->>>

Actors are hard to photograph because they never want to reveal who they are. You don't know if you're getting a character from a Chekhov play or a Polanski film. It depends what mood they're in. ---->>>

All my ex-girlfriends or wives are all kind of great friends and I've never understood somebody who can live with somebody for five or six years and then not like them. ---->>>

I think about death all the time. I know there's nothing out there, but I'm curious. There's a 300 billion-to-one chance that there might be an energy that goes somewhere else, but I doubt it. ---->>>

In '73 I photographed the cannibals in New Guinea. They treated me OK but they didn't make you feel relaxed... I managed to escape unscathed though, I'm pretty good at that. ---->>>

The reason I did fashion was it was the only way to get paid to do anything creative. You couldn't support yourself as an 'artist' - I hate that word. The only way you could be 'arty' was as a fashion photographer, because it still had a certain amount of integrity involved. ---->>>

When I stop working, I go out and start working again. Most people paint a picture, or whatever they do, and go home. For me, it has to be continuous. ---->>>

I won't do advertising if they bring a layout and say, 'This is what we want to do,' because anybody can do that; it's not interesting. They've got digital and the computer; it's not taking pictures, it's not magic - it's a picture done by committee. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: 01-02, 1938
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England
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Occupation: Photographer

David Royston Bailey, CBE (born 2 January 1938) is an English fashion and portrait photographer. (wikipedia)