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Arrow behind David Bailey doc for Sky Arts

Arrow behind David Bailey doc for Sky Arts
Pippa Considine
22 January 2014

Arrow Media is to make a documentary about David Bailey for Sky Arts, which includes an exclusive tour of his new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

In David Bailey’s Stardust: Exclusive, Bailey, who has curated the exhibition personally, will take Sky Arts’ art historian and critic Tim Marlow on an exploration of Bailey’s Stardust show, providing viewers with reflections on a career that spans more than 50 years.
The hour long programme, commissioned by Chris Wilson, Sky’s commissioning editor for factual, will be broadcast in February, during the first days of the exhibition’s opening. It will also feature contributions from Bailey's wife Catherine, Tom Ford, Don McCullin, Sir Peter Blake, Jerry Hall and Terry O’Neil and will include footage from the exhibition’s opening night gala event.
Featuring the iconic images of some of the world’s most famous faces including Salvador Dali, Bob Dylan, Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Nelson Mandela and Jack Nicholson, the exhibition also presents the portraits of a wide range of unknown sitters from Bailey’s travels in London, Australia, Delhi and the Naga Hills and from his Democracy project in which people visiting his studio were asked if they would agree to be photographed naked.
The portraits are exhibited in a series of contrasting rooms, and through images of skulls and pregnancy, present meditations on birth and death.

John Smithson is executive producer for Arrow Media.

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