Do you think fashion magazines are as good now? They're different. The reason I did fashion was it was the only way to get paid to do anything creative. You couldn't support yourself as an "artist" – I hate that word. The only way you could be "arty" was as a fashion photographer, because it still had a certain amount of integrity involved. Now it's such a mass industry. They just churn it out. There's not much personality in it any more. You can't say, "That's a Helmut Newton picture", because you don't know who took the picture. "Who did the retouching?" is the question you ask. It makes mediocrity look good. And people who are really good, it makes them look mediocre, so it's a levelling out. It's a bit like socialism.
David Bailey, article by Hannah Pool, guardian.co.uk more here