First published in 1982, David Bailey’s NW1 captured a vanishing part of London. Primrose Hill and Camden had been his home for nearly 30 years and it was slowly changing, so he decided to photograph the shuttered cinemas, boarded railway arches, crumbling Victorian facades, dormant car park and advertising hoardings. 34 years ago it was a statement of the suburban decay, and looking back on the images now it becomes even more poignant.
Gone is the history to be replaced with glass and steel, family businesses replaced by chain fashion stores and coffee shops.
Extracts from the book, which has long been sold out, will now be re-printed for the first time in a special limited edition hand numbered and signed by the artist. The new edition will also contain an unseen photograph from the series.
To coincide with the release of the book the images will be exhibited at the HENI Gallery in Soho from 1st December 2016 to 31st January 2017. This will be the first time the images have been exhibited.