Bailey’s Box of Pin-Ups and the invention of cool

“Regrets I’ve had a few” Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious once sang (although not together) and I know how they felt. 

One that haunts me in particular was not bidding on a set of David Bailey’s 1964 Box of Pin-Ups at Sotheby’s some years ago – oh to have my time all over again…I would have sold the clothes off my back and more besides to have them!

What makes this box of photos so special I hear you ask?

In the 36 portraits that compromise the Box of Pin-Ups Bailey well and truly captured the zeitgeist of the swinging sixties. Shot on blank white backgrounds the photos are both effortlessly cool and enigmatic.

Here are some of the best from the Box of Pin-Ups and one of two extra Baily photo’s thrown in for good measure….enjoy:

Mick Jagger shot by David Bailey - Box of Pin-Ups 1964

Jane Birkin shot by David Bailey bromide print, March 1969

Kray twins shot David Bailey bromide print, April 1965

David Bailey Box of Pin Ups 1964

Michael Caine shot by David Bailey Box of Pin-Ups 1965

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