David Bailey’s King’s X brings together two books – King’s Cross and Street People King’s Cross – as one slipcase limited edition, dedicated to the area in which Bailey has lived for over 20 years.
Bailey presents a striking yet complementary contrast to the street photography of King’s Cross in Street People King’s Cross, turning his famed portraiture to the people that live on those very streets. Initially commissioned by The Big Issue in 1999, these portraits of homelessness showcase Bailey’s unsurpassed talent in capturing unexpected aspects of his subjects, challenging preconceptions with a quiet intimacy. King’s Cross meanwhile focuses on the fast-changing landscape of the area. Bailey’s relatively recent photographs – together with an insightful text by Francis Hodgson – are an testament to the ever-changing city and the stories held within.
Beautifully produced, this limited collector’s edition presents Bailey’s photography in stunning detail. Each book includes a newly commissioned text by Frances Hodgson, former photography critic for The Financial Times.
An accompanying exhibition showcasing the photographs will run from 26th September to 29th October at HENI, First Floor, 6-10 Lexington Street, Soho. Collectable editions of the cityscapes will be available to buy (price on enquiry), alongside the signed and numbered copies of King’s X, accompanied by a tote bag designed by Bailey.
For every copy sold a £10 donation will be make to a homeless charity.