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King's X



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Two volumes of photographs by British artist David Bailey focusing on the changing streets of King’s Cross presented alongside portraits of the homeless.

King’s X brings together King’s Cross and Street People King’s Cross in one slipcased limited edition.

King’s Cross focuses on the fast-changing landscape of the King’s Cross area. Bailey’s relatively recent photographs – together with an insightful text by Francis Hodgson – are a testament to the ever-changing city and the stories held within. Bailey presents a striking yet complementary contrast to the street photography of King’s Cross in Street People King’s Cross, turning his famed portraiture to the people that live on those very streets. Initially commissioned by The Big Issue in 1999, these portraits of homelessness showcase Bailey’s unsurpassed talent in capturing unexpected aspects of his subjects, challenging preconceptions with a quiet immediacy.

Beautifully presented, this limited edition large format two-book set presents Bailey’s photography in stunning detail. Each book includes a newly commissioned text by Francis Hodgson, former photography critic for the Financial Times.

For every copy of this book sold, a £10 donation will be made to a homeless charity.

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September 2017




330mm x 260mm





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David Bailey was born in Leytonstone, London. After working as fashion photographer John French’s assistant, he published his first portrait of Somerset Maugham for Today magazine in 1960. He went on to photograph extensively for Vogue and has worked with some of the greatest names in fashion and music. Bailey has exhibited worldwide, with the first of his landmark exhibitions in 1971 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Internationally renowned, Bailey has produced some of the most famous photographic portraits of the last five decades.

Francis Hodgson is Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton, England. He has worked for the Financial Times and Sotheby’s.

GQ – David Bailey's street life


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