David Bailey in Conversation with Tim Marlow,
Royal Instutution, London, September 9th 2016
The talk was very entertaining and less informative, but very visual with a show reel playing in the background. The event revealed a great overview of Bailey’s personality and approach to his work. The talk coincided with Hockney’s exhibition and very little was said about Hockney other than he enjoyed the show and how it worked with all the 82 works
Bailey uses photography to capture his portraiture and enjoys the speed of that medium. I use photography to gather resource material as reference for my paintings both are observational and thought out processes but my process becomes much more timely as I then use the photographs to create a painting which is not a fast process. Bailey takes a relatively small number of photographs of his subject but talks to his subject to understand and interact with them. David Bailey is very interested in building a rapport with his subject which is a direction I would like to embrace more in time.
Bailey’s stance on the use of not placing a subject in context was interesting as I still feel I am battling the question of whether I should place my subjects within or without context.
Bailey also touched on Anthropology in context with his work, which highlighted different cultures, social groups and therefore tribes.
Bailey was very honest about his objective and revealed a wealth of information reflecting on his long career. He had a honest but humble approach to his work and was able to articulate in an accessible manner. One of the most interesting statements was about how "everyone today is a photographer and we spend so much time photographing and no time actually looking."