Liam Bailey

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VIDEO: Liam Bailey discusses footballs he has known and apologises to a certain Citroën driver.

VIDEO: Liam Bailey discusses footballs he has known and apologises to a certain Citroën driver.

VIDEO: Liam Bailey discusses footballs he has known and apologises to a certain Citroën driver.

The photographer Martin Parr famously once likened his role to that of a collector and Liam Bailey, who has been much inspired by his own collection of found objects, certainly falls under Parr's description.

As Liam goes about his daily routine he finds things; bundles of old stamps wrapped in the ubiquitous red rubber band at a car boot sale, golf balls smashed and broken along the side of the verge, banana shaped company badges discovered at a flea market in Amsterdam. Each set provides Liam with a story and it is this hidden narrative that he is keen to tease out and develop through the photographic process.

Always with humour, Liam provides an affectionate documentation of life's little eccentricities.

Liam teaches photography at both the University of Arts, London and the London College of Fashion. Solo shows have included "Found Footballs" at Hat on the Wall Gallery, London, 2005; Bartle Bootle Hegarty Gallery, London, 2007 and the Print Space, London in 2008; "Forever England" at Gallery Vassie of International Photography, Amsterdam, 2007; "Glastonbury" at Harbour Lights, Southampton, 1999 and "Golf Crazy" at Photofusion, London, 1998. "Forever England" was also published by Dewi Lewis in 2006.

Liam's work is held in the collections of the Football Association, the National Portrait Gallery and London Underground.

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