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A Sprinkle of Photographic Stardom
Bailey's Stardust, national portrait gallery
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Usually when dust appears on a photograph, you might think that the photographer needs some more practice, but David Bailey has been in the business for over fifty years, and his dust is of an all together different kind.

When you see a picture by Bailey you'll see dust all right. Stardust. His portraits are out of this world, and therefore have a sprinkle of magic about them.

Okay, maybe 'out of this world' is a little bit of an exaggeration, but most of them are definitely out of this country. The British photographer has travelled across the globe taking snap shots of actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, models, artists, and ordinary locals. While his colour photos are deep and vivid, Bailey's use of shadow in his black and white prints creates stark contrasts.

Up until the 1st June, you can admire Bailey's Stardust for yourself at the National Portrait Gallery. Over two hundred and fifty images are spread across multiple rooms, each focussing on a specific area; for example, East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Delhi, the Naga Hills, etc.

Entry to the gallery is 16 for adults, 14.50 for seniors, and 13.50 concessions. To make the most of your visit, you can also download an audio guide for 2.99.

There are two competitions running in conjunction with the exhibit. The first is a prize draw for a three course meal at Le Caprice, while the other asks you to show how you have been inspired by Bailey. Share your photographs on Instagram, and the best pictures could be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 1st June
Phone: 020 7766 7331
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Cost: 16 adult, 14.40 senior, 13.50 concessions
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