The Wick - David Bailey, Mary McCartney and Brandei Estes at Claridge's ArtSpace
Above  David Bailey, Mary McCartney and Brandei Estes at Claridge’s ArtSpace
The Wick - Marie Helvin, Penelope Tree and Naomi Campbell at Claridge's ArtSpace
Above  Marie Helvin, Penelope Tree and Naomi Campbell at Claridge’s ArtSpace
The Wick - Daniel Lismore and Sally Greene at Claridge's ArtSpace
Above  Daniel Lismore and Sally Greene at Claridge’s ArtSpace
The Wick - 'DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney' at Claridge's ArtSpace
Above  ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’ at Claridge’s ArtSpace
The Wick - Mary McCartney and Brandei Estes at 'DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney'
Above  Mary McCartney and Brandei Estes at ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’
The Wick - Tom Dixon and Sharleen Spiteri at Claridge's ArtSpace
Above  Tom Dixon and Sharleen Spiteri at Claridge’s ArtSpace
The Wick - Megan Piper and Rachel Verghis at Claridge's ArtSpace
Above  Megan Piper and Rachel Verghis at Claridge’s ArtSpace
The Wick - LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Catherine Bailey and Penelope Tree attend the private view of 'DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney', a photography exhibition curated by Brandei Estes, at Claridge's ArtSpace on May 13, 2024 in London, England. 

Photo by Dave Benett
Above  LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Catherine Bailey and Penelope Tree attend the private view of ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’, a photography exhibition curated by Brandei Estes, at Claridge’s ArtSpace on May 13, 2024 in London, England. Photo by Dave Benett
The Wick - Katy Wickremesinghe and Kamiar Maleki attend the private view of 'DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney', a photography exhibition curated by Brandei Estes, at Claridge's ArtSpace on May 13, 2024 in London, England. 

Photo by Dave Benett
Above  Katy Wickremesinghe and Kamiar Maleki attend the private view of ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’, a photography exhibition curated by Brandei Estes, at Claridge’s ArtSpace on May 13, 2024 in London, England. Photo by Dave Benett
The Wick - Mary McCartney, Katy Wickremesinghe and Naomi Campbell at Claridge's ArtSpace
Above  Mary McCartney, Katy Wickremesinghe and Naomi Campbell at Claridge’s ArtSpace
The Wick - Katy Wickremesinghe and Mary McCartney at 'DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney'
Above  Katy Wickremesinghe and Mary McCartney at ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’
The Wick - LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: David Remfry and Caroline Hansbury attend the private view of 'DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney', a photography exhibition curated by Brandei Estes, at Claridge's ArtSpace on May 13, 2024 in London, England. 

Photo by Dave Benett
Above  LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 13: David Remfry and Caroline Hansbury attend the private view of ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’, a photography exhibition curated by Brandei Estes, at Claridge’s ArtSpace on May 13, 2024 in London, England. Photo by Dave Benett

Happenings ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’ at Claridge’s ArtSpace

Last night the Culturally Curious convened for the private opening of ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’ at Claridge’s ArtSpace in the heart of Mayfair. This new photography exhibition, curated by Director of Chaussee 36 Photography and Veritas Centre for Photography Brandei Estes, coincides with Photo London, bringing the works of these two major British photographers into direct dialogue for the first time in this unique John Pawson designed space.

Guests including Naomi Campbell, Marie Helvin, Penelope Tree, Eric Underwood, Nicholas Foulkes, Sharleen Spiteri, and Mike McCartney, sipped champagne and nibbled canapes while admiring the exhibition – spanning photographs from the 1960s to the present day and showcasing a mutual interest in reinventing portraiture alongside interconnected aesthetic concerns and a shared sensibility.

Over the course of more than half a century, iconic British photographer and director David Bailey has created some of the most notable fashion images in the medium, a prolific and tireless image-maker. Celebrated worldwide for his inimitable, charged portraits, this exhibition includes images of celebrities of a halcyon bygone era, where glamour was still unattainable and distant. Many of his portraits also reveal Bailey’s signature informal, playful side: a portrait of Jean Shrimpton, her face painted by David Hockney; Miles Davis, sticking his tongue out at the camera; a joy-filled portrait of Jerry Hall, sitting on table, head thrown back with laughter, resting her high-heeled shoe in Helmut Newton’s hand. These photographs speak not only of Bailey’s intimate connection with his subjects and artistic milieu, but his ability to disarm and charm even the most idolised with the camera.

These works are brought into a taut, incisive conversation with Mary McCartney, known for her poetic, enigmatic portraits, and evocative, emotional narratives. Diaristic and intimate, McCartney’s photographs share with Bailey an ability to strip away the superfluous in her images in concise and suggestive compositions. Mirroring Bailey’s portraits of the celebrities of his era, McCartney has also captured her peers, the icons of her generation. A triptych of Kate Moss posturing and posing; a young and perfect Milla Jovovich, and a whimsical imagining of Harry Styles are among the portraits included in Double Exposure. Like Bailey, McCartney draws out an innate sense of theatricality in these world-famous figures, delighting in the performativity of photography – and evoking an atmosphere of fun.

Moving between stillness and solitude to motion and flamboyance, McCartney also creates vignettes that bring attention to the overlooked moments in the everyday – a ballet dancer caught during downtime, a woman flagging down a taxi, lovers legs entangled late at night at a club, Joni Mitchell smoking a cigarette. McCartney’s particular tempo, like Bailey’s, derives from a sense of poised beauty and happenstance, where anything and anyone could be a subject.

‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’ at Claridge’s ArtSpace is open until 19 July 2024.

Stay tuned for a full video on the exhibition coming out soon.

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