David Bailey NW1
December 2nd 2016 – 31st January 2017
Last week saw the book launch and exhibition opening of David Bailey NW1 at HENI Gallery in London’s Soho, an evening attended by many of Bailey’s family, friends and figures from the art world.
First published in 1982, HENI have re-released NW1 by David Bailey, a collection of black and white photographs taken within the NW1 postcode, making this sought after book available again.
Having lived in Primrose Hill and Camden for almost three decades, Bailey went out in the early 1980’s to document with his camera building and views, including boarded up shops and crumbling architecture, before they disappeared forever. Looking at the photos now, 30 years on, you see many changes – Camden Lock looks totally different – and many of the businesses have been replaced by chain stores, but it is comforting to see, that some of the places, like Primrose Hill Park and Regents Canal, have hardly changed at all.
The newly designed edition, limited to 1,000 copies, is hand-numbered and signed by David Bailey. It contains an exclusive photo as well an originally commissioned text by Francis Hodgson, who used to be the Financial Times’ photography critic.
“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
The launch of the book coincides with the exhibition David Bailey NW1.
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