Birth of the Cool by Martin Harrison

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A gorgeous and ultra-hip look at the man who recorded the swinging London scene of the 1960s and helped define British cool

Before the age of Tony Blair's Cool Britannia, there was David Bailey--Cockney arbiter of the UK's "Birth of the Cool." When Mary Quant designed the first thigh-skimming mini-dress, when Jean Shrimpton burst on the scene, and when The Beatles took the world by storm, David Bailey had arrived ahead of time to record the scene with his camera. This young photographer emerged from London's tough East End and rose to become England's most famous fashion and celebrity photographer. He lived with Jean Shrimpton, was friends with Mick Jagger, married Catherine Deneuve, and was the inspiration for Michelangelo Antonioni's cinema classic Blow-Up. Now, David Bailey--Birth of the Cool tells the story of his meteoric rise to the top; collects his photographs of the most celebrated models and movie stars, aristocrats, and rock stars of the 1960s; and defines an era for all time.

Complete with Bailey's most famous photographs of Penelope Tree, Michael Caine, and the Rolling Stones, David Bailey--Birth of the Cool features his photographs of the Kray Brothers, the most notorious and glamorous criminals in 1960s London as well as private and unpublished documentary photography. David Bailey--Birth of the Cool is a must for the fashion conscious, photography fans, rock and roll aficionados, and all those interested in Anglo chic.

About Martin Harrison

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Martin Harrison is widely regarded as the leading authority on the art of fashion photography. His previous books include Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945 (1991), David Bailey: Birth of the Cool (1999), Lillian Bassman (1997), Patrick Demarchalier: Exposing elegance (1998), and numerous others. Harrison works and resides in London. David Bailey, born in London in 1938, is one of the most successful fashion photographers of his generation. By the 1960s his work, especially for "Vogue", had already made him a cult figure. His numerous books include "Trouble and Strife", "Nudes", "If We Shadows", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Birth of the Cool", "Chasing Rainbows", "Locations" and "David Bailey's Rock 'n' Roll Heroes".
Published September 1, 1999 by Viking Studio. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography.

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