David Bailey for the Sunday Times magazine 15th August 2011
He’d given an interview to Lynn Barber and it was agreed his Devon farmhouse near Dartmoor would make a good location.
Initially I didn’t take any photographs because he was brusque and defensive.
Over a coffee with his wife in the kitchen, we chatted about other photographers he liked, (mostly the dead ones) and disliked, (pretty much everyone working today).
I had assisted John Swanell who in turn had assisted Bailey and after a while I think he began to warm to me.
After shooting in various spots around his garden we decided to try the studio where he paints.
It was quite cluttered so I placed an unpainted canvass behind him to make a frame within a frame. I then put Catherine (his wife) behind the canvass and told him to hold Pig his Jack Russell Terrier. I asked him to hold the dog very lightly so it looked natural. I commented on how good the dog looked and he replied, “That’s because I’ve got my finger up her c**t!”. Almost certainly the most obscene thing any of my subjects has ever said.