David Bailey at the National Portrait Gallery
26 Feb 14
Much as I like Bailey's work I was disappointed by this show. Starts well with the giant Michael Caine blow-up overlooking the reception area but there are too many dodgy choices - particularly in the 'Icons' section. Shame too - given the quality of the b/w prints throughout the show, all made by Bailey - that the 'Box of Pin Ups' images are framed in series of six. Would have been good to see these individually and to have included Francis Wyndham's commentaries from the original box. Not sure why Bailey chose to put a Damien Hirst picture on the cover of the catalogue. I recommend buying the pocket book 'Bailey Exposed' instead. It's only £9.99 and includes many great quotes from Bailey - and others - and there's a beautiful picture of Bailey, high up in the Naga hills (on the border of India and Burma), photographing one of the Naga people. Bailey is clutching his Rolleiflex in his left hand and with his right hand is gesturing to his subject. What this picture shows is how much Bailey loves what he does.
21 Feb 14
Isabella and Grace
19 Feb 14
Two gorgeous girls - Isabella and Grace - arrived yesterday evening!
17 Feb 14
Very sad to hear that Terry Millet has passed away. It was always a great pleasure to work with him and he was always full of inspiration. Will miss you Terry.
Lo strano caso de miss Morton
15 Feb 14
New D magazine story published today. Shot with Annie Morton in Los Angeles and featuring Lucky Blue and Colin Mulligan. It was inspired by the first series of 'American Horror Story' with Jessica Lange.
Lo strano caso de miss Morton part 2
15 Feb 14
Another spread - featuring Lucky Blue with Annie - from the new D story.
Lo strano caso de miss Morton part 3
15 Feb 14
And another spread from the new D story! This one featuring Annie and Colin Mulligan.
14 Feb 14
Just finished writing a piece about my friend Simon Reilly for the Spring edition of Irish Arts Review. Simon is now based in Los Angeles but above is a picture of him from 1994/95 in his old Henrietta street studio, Dublin. The piece will be published on March 7th. Meantime, check out some of Simon's watercolours here
11 Feb 14
Always a joy to catch a glimpse of layers of architectural history!
On Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
10 Feb 14
Just been reading this short piece by J. M. Coetzee on Nelson Mandela in The New York Review. In a few hundred words he has managed to capture the essence of the great man - flaws an'all. Worth a read. And a great pic by Ian Berry. You can read the piece here