Text by Francis Hodgson
- December 2016
- 330 x 260 mm | 13 x 10.25 in
- HB 42 pp
- 14 b/w
David Bailey had lived in Primrose Hill and Camden for nearly 30 years when he decided to capture the shuttered cinemas, boarded railway arches, crumbling Victorian facades, dormant car parks and advertising hoardings before they disappeared from view entirely. In 1982, when NW1 was first published, it reflected an already vanishing landscape: viewed now, Bailey’s photographs are even more portentous and poignant.
“Put yourself in any one of the pictures of NW1 and you’re right there. Your ghosts can get to meet Bailey’s ghosts…. Bailey lived there, and loved it, and in the pictures, he’s saying what he thinks. It isn’t what it was; but it’s freighted with that, and it will be something again.” — Francis Hodgson
This elegant and newly designed edition is signed by the artist, hand- numbered and limited to 1,000 copies. It includes an image exclusive to the edition alongside an originally commissioned text by Francis Hodgson, former photography critic for the Financial Times.
Published to coincide with the book’s eponymous exhibition at HENI, 6-10 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LB which runs from 02 December 2016–31 January 2017
David Bailey was born in 1938 in Leytonstone, East London. After working as fashion photographer John French’s assistant, he published his first portrait of Somerset Maugham for ‘Today’ magazine in 1960 before meeting the model Jean Shrimpton whilst at Vogue. Bailey has exhibited worldwide, the first of his landmark exhibitions in 1971 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Internationally renowned, Bailey has produced some of the most famous photographic portraits of the last five decades.