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I’m not political and I don’t judge.
– David Bailey
The only thing approaching art in a movie is the script.
I’m not mad about movies, there are too many people involved in the making of them, and they lack a definitive creative focus.
People want security in this insecure world.
Being handsome wasn’t much of a burden. It worked for me.
There’s nothing wrong with being a fashion photographer, but it’s a bit limited.
My friends are all megalomaniacs – from Damien Hirst to Jack Nicholson – all of them.
In ’73 I photographed the cannibals in New Guinea. They treated me OK but they didn’t make you feel relaxed… I managed to escape unscathed though, I’m pretty good at that.
The Sixties was a time of breaking down class barriers, although I think class still exists today in some areas.
I was a terrible father. The most I ever did for my children was to teach them chess. At least they got that.
Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.
My father was a tailor, my mother a machinist.
I am mad about my wife.
I always go for simplicity.
I don’t think it matters where I came from any more.
All I could do at school was paint and draw and that was the only time I ever passed any exam. It was the only thing I ever got right at school.
When I die I want to go to Vogue.
The trouble with people like Tony Blair is they get confused, they think intelligence is education when they’re two different things.
I just thought it was magic that you could stick a bit of paper in some coffee-type liquid and a picture comes out.
Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love.
I love learning new techniques.
I have always wanted to live in the present and never the past.
I was dyslexic, so I was put in the silly class at school.
Nothing wrong with retouching – nothing new about retouching.
I had a terrible time with feminists in the Seventies. They hated me, those women. I think they hated everything.
I don’t feel very optimistic in London.
Sometimes I still can’t believe my luck.
Being dyslexic, I was told that I was an idiot all the time.
I’m never shocked, I’m not the shockable type!
My exploits are nothing now to the average person.