King's X – David Bailey

King's X – David Bailey


September 2017
ISBN 9780993316197
330 x 260 mm
98 pages
41 illustrations

Two volumes of photographs by British artist David Bailey focusing on the changing streets of King’s Cross presented alongside portraits of the homeless.

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King’s X brings together King’s Cross and Street People King’s Cross in one slipcased limited edition.

King’s Cross focuses on the fast-changing landscape of the King’s Cross area. Bailey’s relatively recent photographs – together with an insightful text by Francis Hodgson – are a testament to the ever-changing city and the stories held within. Bailey presents a striking yet complementary contrast to the street photography of King’s Cross in Street People King’s Cross, turning his famed portraiture to the people that live on those very streets. Initially commissioned by The Big Issue in 1999, these portraits of homelessness showcase Bailey’s unsurpassed talent in capturing unexpected aspects of his subjects, challenging preconceptions with a quiet immediacy.

Beautifully presented, this limited edition large format two-book set presents Bailey’s photography in stunning detail. Each book includes a newly commissioned text by Francis Hodgson, former photography critic for the Financial Times.

For every copy of this book sold a £10 donation will be made to a homeless charity.


About the artist

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.


Francis Hodgson is Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton, England. He has worked for the Financial Times and Sotheby’s.