David Bailey: Then / Ranking: Painting pretty pictures

Even though its been chucking it down all day in London, it is perfect weather for a bit of gallery exploration. The first cultural experience of the day was at the Annroy gallery near Kentish Town, entitled "Painting pretty pictures" Rankin has explored the world of the digital retouch, deliberately making his famous (completely naked) subjects: Lily Cole, Agyness Deyn and Heidi Klum to name a few, into modern day oil paintings. Not a pore/hair or fine line in sight. The collection is also available to buy in book form, and the exhibition is on until the 29th August. Unfortunately I couldn't take photos at the exhibition so heres a view of the front cover of the book instead:

My second exhibition of the day was at Hamilitons Gallery near Green park, entitled David Bailey: Then the exhibition featured his most iconic work, yet with a twist, instead of the final, perfected images on show, you get to see the contact sheets. It was a great exhibition, and it gave a fascinating insight into what went into each image. You can buy the prints (I overheard some foreign lady and her walking wallet, errr I mean husband) for a cheap price of £18,000 for a large frame or £12,000 for a smaller one, I mean darling that will look fabulous in our Mayfair penthouse!!

Anyway....I managed to take some sneaky photos of this exhibition, its free and on until the 13 August