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We’ll take Manhattan

by Gloria Cases

David Bailey indeed took on Manhattan. The English photographer, well known for his revolutionary perspective as part of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, is being taken as one of the protagonists in the new fashion and love film  “We’ll Take Manhattan”. The film is about David Bailey’s (Aneurin Barnard) trip to New York in 1962 along with supermodel Jean Shrimpton (Karen Gillan) and Fashion Director Lady Clare Rendlesham ( Helen McCrory), and their experience shooting for British Vogue in 1962 .
Throughout Bailey’s stay in New York, along with his lover, Jean Shrimpton, Bailey managed to create something different to what was define as fashion photography. That year he was named photographer for Vogue 1960. Bailey believed that it wasn’t about sitting a girl inside a studio taking pictures, or about glamour and elegance, but going out into the streets and experiment with the cities, with the movement, the lights, and everything and everyone that surrounded them.

Grace Coddington, Creative Director of American Vogue and one of his supermodels during the 60s, once said "It was the Sixties, it was a raving time, and Bailey was unbelievably good-looking. He was everything that you wanted him to be – like the Beatles but accessible – and when he went on the market everyone went in.

We were dying to be his model, although he hooked up with Jean Shrimpton pretty quickly". The movie attempts to recreate the circumstances in which they shot their films and presents Bailey as the different, innovative and modern fashion photographer he is.
The daily website NOWNESS has released an exclusive making of video of the film.  The intention was to recreate the pictures Bailey took Shrimpton and their path towards a revolution in fashion photography in a radical moment of history.

Directed and written by John McKay, who was inspired by the photos he saw in the ‘New York ‘62’ shoot. His attention was captured by its beauty, the ‘Kromantic amtosphere’, and the slight combination of young love and ‘bad’ behavior. The movie will be released on January 26, 2012 on BBC4 and February 11, 2012 on Ovation and USA.

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