DE MISSOLZ (JEROME)
ARTE FRANCE, IMAGE ET COMPAGNIE
NON-THEATRICAL, TV, VOD, DVD, INTERNET
David Bailey is monumental. His photos of the Beatles, the Stones, his pared-down style that borrows Nadar's and Avedon's white backgrounds, and his numerous reports have made him one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.
In 1966, he was the inspiration behind the character in Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow Up.
His photos possess a disconcerting naturalness, and a musical simplicity. David Bailey says of himself that he cannot be plagiarised, as he has no style. It is perhaps this humorously put desire to remain unclassifiable that has enabled him to be present in all areas of creation, from fashion to cinema, from reporting to contemporary art. David Bailey turns his hand to everything. Yet via this documentary, we discover an unpretentious man, a man whose sense of humour is matched only by his great sensitivity and discrete extravagance.