David Bailey is to receive an honorary doctorate today for his outstanding contribution to the arts.
The renowned photographer is to receive the honour from the University of East London at the National Portrait Gallery in London, where his exhibition Stardust is being staged.
The 76-year-old has been bringing the best out of those in his sights for more than 50 years.
Some of his most celebrated works have featured the East End criminals the Kray twins, model Jean Shrimpton, who was a former girlfriend, actor Terence Stamp, the Beatles, Sir Mick Jagger and model Kate Moss.
Most recently he unveiled his portrait of the Queen to mark her 88th birthday.
Bailey, who grew up in the East End of London, made his name in the 1960s as one of a group of young photographers including Terence Donovan who documented the era in the capital and rubbed shoulders with stars from the worlds of the arts and fashion.
He graduated from being an assistant with fashion photographer John French in 1959, and made his name working for Vogue magazine, emerging as a chronicler of the Swinging 60s, providing lasting images of a decade of change.
Celebrities he has photographed include Diana, Princess of Wales, Naomi Campbell, Jack Nicholson, Sir Michael Caine, Johnny Depp, Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon.
Bailey, whose four wives have included French actress Catherine Deneuve and model Marie Helvin, was appointed a CBE in the Birthday Honours list of 2001 for services to art.