Quotes by David Bailey

I don't do proud.
- David Bailey
I am mad about my wife.
- David Bailey
I'm an image-maker.
- David Bailey
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My paintings are rubbish.
- David Bailey
I always go for simplicity.
- David Bailey
I used to love the '20s.
- David Bailey
I have never met an ugly woman.
- David Bailey
I love learning new techniques.
- David Bailey
I've never been anti-women.
- David Bailey
The earth has a life of its own.
- David Bailey
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When I die I want to go to Vogue.
- David Bailey
I've always been a bit flip.
- David Bailey
I left school on my 15th birthday.
- David Bailey
I'm not really one for regrets.
- David Bailey
The skull is nature's sculpture.
- David Bailey
I never set out to be a photographer.
- David Bailey
I've had some weird experiences.
- David Bailey
I did painting before I did photography.
- David Bailey
My first influence obviously was Picasso.
- David Bailey
I guess I'm the last of the Cockneys.
- David Bailey
You adapt to who you're photographing.
- David Bailey
People want security in this insecure world.
- David Bailey
I hate being so nostalgic about the Sixties.
- David Bailey
I don't feel very optimistic in London.
- David Bailey
Girls are more attractive to me than dresses.
- David Bailey
Sometimes I still can't believe my luck.
- David Bailey
I'm not political and I don't judge.
- David Bailey
My father was a tailor, my mother a machinist.
- David Bailey
I could develop a picture by the time I was 12.
- David Bailey
My exploits are nothing now to the average person.
- David Bailey
In France they don't think I'm difficult.
- David Bailey
Journalists never make it clear when you are joking.
- David Bailey
I hate men who are in touch with their feminine side.
- David Bailey
I've been used by women all my life, fortunately.
- David Bailey
If you're curious, London's an amazing place.
- David Bailey
I always look at people and think how I would cast them.
- David Bailey
I'm never shocked, I'm not the shockable type!
- David Bailey
The only thing approaching art in a movie is the script.
- David Bailey
I don't think it matters where I came from any more.
- David Bailey
Kate Moss is the best thing since Jean Shrimpton, really.
- David Bailey
I was dyslexic, so I was put in the silly class at school.
- David Bailey
I've always tried to do pictures that don't date.
- David Bailey
Being dyslexic, I was told that I was an idiot all the time.
- David Bailey
I was ten when I got my first serious beating. It was rough.
- David Bailey
I don't like any sport except boxing and bull fighting.
- David Bailey
Everyone gets old - there's nothing you can do about it.
- David Bailey
Nothing wrong with retouching - nothing new about retouching.
- David Bailey
Being handsome wasn't much of a burden. It worked for me.
- David Bailey
The only thing they can't teach you at art school is art.
- David Bailey
I have always wanted to live in the present and never the past.
- David Bailey
Photography is more about money now but then so are most things.
- David Bailey
Rather than knowing more, I think I've got more open-minded.
- David Bailey
To get rich, you have to be making money while you're asleep.
- David Bailey
In a way, a man's body is more beautiful than a woman's.
- David Bailey
A positive attitude can really make dreams come true - it did for me.
- David Bailey
I'm not a philosopher, I'm just a simple boy from East Ham.
- David Bailey
Rockers are the nicest people to photograph. They have no inhibitions.
- David Bailey
If I have any sexist feelings they are aimed at men: I hate manly men.
- David Bailey
You can't really copy what I do because I don't do anything.
- David Bailey
It's only a few nutcases who do art for themselves, like Van Gogh.
- David Bailey
The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.
- David Bailey
I didn't know I was going to live for 50 years. It has come as a shock.
- David Bailey
Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love.
- David Bailey
I am not responsible for all the journalists in the past that have told lies.
- David Bailey
I suppose because my work was so popular people didn't really look at it.
- David Bailey
I know everything should be photographed. It helps me make sense of my existence.
- David Bailey
I sort of fall in love with them when I'm photographing them - men and women.
- David Bailey
John Parsons, the gay art director at 'Vogue,' really started my career.
- David Bailey
My friends are all megalomaniacs - from Damien Hirst to Jack Nicholson - all of them.
- David Bailey
I love people for giving me their time. It's a privilege - I make the most of it.
- David Bailey
It always amazes me when people ask you to do something and then tell you how to do it.
- David Bailey
Good shoes are important. I wear English brogues in a wide fitting. They last me years.
- David Bailey
You have to kind of be invisible when you photograph children, so you use a longer lens.
- David Bailey
I like change. There's something Buddhist about it - continuous change is wonderful.
- David Bailey
There's nothing wrong with being a fashion photographer, but it's a bit limited.
- David Bailey
I didn't try and do fashion pictures. I tried to do portraits of girls wearing dresses.
- David Bailey
I don't think my work does reflect my nationality - I don't like the idea of nationalism.
- David Bailey
I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked.
- David Bailey
Fortunately I didn't get educated because if I'd got educated I'd be an educated fool now.
- David Bailey
I was a terrible father. The most I ever did for my children was to teach them chess. At least they got that.
- David Bailey
The Sixties was a time of breaking down class barriers, although I think class still exists today in some areas.
- David Bailey
Being trendy is dangerous. I've never been trendy, which is why I've never really fallen out of favour.
- David Bailey
I had a terrible time with feminists in the Seventies. They hated me, those women. I think they hated everything.
- David Bailey
Fashion often starts off beautiful and becomes ugly, whereas art starts off ugly sometimes and becomes beautiful.
- David Bailey
I just thought it was magic that you could stick a bit of paper in some coffee-type liquid and a picture comes out.
- David Bailey
If something becomes old-fashioned, it was no good to start with. Think about it. Michelangelo is not old-fashioned.
- David Bailey
I never tried to revolutionise photography; I just do what I do and keep my fingers crossed that people will like it.
- David Bailey
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.
- David Bailey
I was surrounded by strong women so it had never even occurred to me that women were anything other than equal to men.
- David Bailey
I don't really like the term 'artist.' I'm not sure what it means. It's a bit like 'love.'
- David Bailey
I'm not mad about movies, there are too many people involved in the making of them, and they lack a definitive creative focus.
- David Bailey
The trouble with people like Tony Blair is they get confused, they think intelligence is education when they're two different things.
- David Bailey
Botticelli would have made a very good fashion photographer. He did eight heads instead of seven heads in a body, which is fashion illustration.
- David Bailey
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.
- David Bailey
I didn't know a time when there wasn't a war because I spent all my time from the age of two or three to eight in a coal cellar really.
- David Bailey
I don't think global warming is to do with us, I think it's a natural circle. I don't think a few Ferraris make that much difference.
- David Bailey
When I stop working, I go out and start working again. Most people paint a picture, or whatever they do, and go home. For me, it has to be continuous.
- David Bailey
In New York, everyone's desperate for success, desperate for money and desperate to be accepted, but in London they're more laid back about things like that.
- David Bailey
London changes because of money. It's real estate. If they can build some offices or expensive apartments they will, it's money that changes everything in a city.
- David Bailey
All my ex-girlfriends or wives are all kind of great friends and I've never understood somebody who can live with somebody for five or six years and then not like them.
- David Bailey
I don't see the point of photographing trees or rocks because they're there and anyone can photograph them if they're prepared to hang around and wait for the light.
- David Bailey
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.
- David Bailey
I think about death all the time. I know there's nothing out there, but I'm curious. There's a 300 billion-to-one chance that there might be an energy that goes somewhere else, but I doubt it.
- David Bailey
Actors are hard to photograph because they never want to reveal who they are. You don't know if you're getting a character from a Chekhov play or a Polanski film. It depends what mood they're in.
- David Bailey
It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.
- David Bailey
All pictures are unnatural. All pictures are sad because they're about dead people. Paintings you don't think of in a special time or with a specific event. With photos I always think I'm looking at something dead.
- David Bailey
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
- David Bailey

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