Sitters range from the glamorous to the impoverished, the famous to the notorious, as David Bailey picks out the highlights of his illustrious 50-year career.

Bailey's selection includes icons from the worlds of fashion and the arts, such as Mick Jagger and Francis Bacon, as well as the people he encountered on his travels in Australia, India and Papua New Guinea.

There are pictures from the Democracy project, where unsuspecting visitors to Bailey's studio were asked if they would agree to be photographed naked – the brave consenters are shown here. Poignant images of those devastated by the famine in east Africa were taken in support of the Band Aid charity in 1985.

The photographer has made new silver gelatin prints of his black-and-white portraits especially for the exhibition.

Watch our video-tour of the London exhibition, presented by fashion blogger Susie Bubble

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2EL

0131 624 6200


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Daily, 10am –​ 5pm (until 7pm Thur) Extended opening until 6pm during August

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