Cannibals. Insurgents. Soldiers. Saints. Photographer David Bailey may have set the Sixties swinging with his iconic fashion and portrait photography but he has also captured some of the most dangerous, remote areas on Earth. But today we’re meeting somewhere closer to home: Bailey’s studio in a cobbled leafy mews near King’s Cross.

“You’re very posh” is his opening gambit before introducing me to the team and discussing a potential return to Afghanistan. His first trip there was for a Help the Heroes project, photographing servicemen at Camp Bastion. “I didn’t particularly want to go,” he says.

“At first, I thought ‘Shit, do I want to get shot at or blown up in some f***ing café’. But I thought,…


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