DAVID BAILEY’s sons, Fenton and Sascha Bailey, have teamed up to create their debut photography exhibition, entitled Human Relations. The display, curated by Sascha Bailey, features work by Fenton Bailey and family friend Mairi-Luise Tabbakh and explores human relationships and interaction.
“The whole thing was Sascha’s idea,” Fenton Bailey told us. “He came up with the title and I had a lot of work that depicted that theme. It just felt like the right time.”
Fenton has always been involved in photography. He started his career as a runner for his father’s company, although at the time wasn’t interested in taking pictures. Eventually, he couldn’t resist the urge to “share the magic” and got behind the camera. He still works for Bailey as a photography assistant, working on his own commissions in the evenings and during holidays.
“I grew up on the job,” he said. “Dad was always very involved in the learning process. You have to pick things up pretty fast when you’re around him, because if you don’t you’re out. He never treated me differently because I was his son. If anything he’s a little harsher than he is with others. He’s firm, but fair.”
Fenton’s own work is characterised by his ability to capture emotion in an aesthetically-pleasing way. His sensual photographs complement Tabbakh’s more risqué portraits of women.
“Mine are a little tamer,” he said. “Mairi’s are more like erotica. It’s nice for a woman to be creating that sort of female portrait and it not being the other way round. There’s so much said about how my dad didn’t like women and this might do something to dispel that. These pictures are sexy, not risky, and that’s how it should be.”
He hopes that this will be the first of many photography exhibitions, but he admits that he has “a lot to live up to” with such a famous photographer father.
“He’s done so much in terms of quantity and quality,” he said. “You just can’t compare. What he’s done isn’t easily achievable. I’m pretty nervous about the opening – it’s a big show and there are a lot of eyes on us. All you can do is hope for a positive reaction.”
Human Relations goes on display from May 1 until May 31 at the Imitate Modern, 27A Devonshire St Marylebone, London W1G 6PN.
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