Photography

Bourdin, Guy (1928 - 1991)

During the 1950s, the French photographer launched his career in fashion with assignments for Vogue Paris. He promptly changed the identity of fashion photography with the flawless, exotic and Surrealist-like images he created, bringing death, violence and fetichism into the pages of the French glossy magazine. Having always desired to become a painter, Guy Bourdin was among the first to imagine fashion photographies that contained fascinating narratives, dramatic effects with intense color saturation, hyper-realism and cropped compositions while he established the idea that the product is secondary to the image. A fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Macguffin’ technique - an inanimate object catalyzing the plot - the photographer constructed ‘crime scenes’, getting rid of all usual standards of beauty and morals while his images demanded cerebral responses. When such photographers as David Bailey, in the 1960s, produced fantasy images of the girl-next-door, Guy Bourdin captured the atmosphere of the 1970s with sharp humor, erotism and outrageous femininity. Collaborating with Issey Miyake, Chanel or Emmanuel Ungaro, it was his work for the shoe label, Charles Jourdan, that brought him the attention of a wider public. With the campaign, Guy Bourdin dared to barley show the product and turned the shoe into a trivial element of a theatrical mise-en-scène that enhanced sex and bad taste. A protégé of Man Ray in his young years, Guy Bourdin borrowed to his mentor his appetite for shock and questioning and influenced contemporary artists and photographers such as David La Chapelle and Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

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Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, c. 1975. Copyright  The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, c. 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Spring 1978, 1978.  Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Spring 1978, 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1974. Copyright  The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1974. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1977. Copyright  The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright  The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, c. 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Evening Horizon, The Black, 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Evening Horizon, The Black, 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Evening, 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Evening, 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin for French Vogue, c. 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin for French Vogue, c. 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, French Vogue, date unknown. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, French Vogue, date unknown. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, French Vogue, December 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, French Vogue, December 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Hat-shock, 1954. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Hat-shock, 1954. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, February 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, February 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Polaroid, 1970s. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Polaroid, 1970s. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Self portrait in Man Ray's Studio, 1953. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Self portrait in Man Ray's Studio, 1953. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Portrait of Totò, 1955. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Portrait of Totò, 1955. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Tribute to Hitchcock, 1962. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Tribute to Hitchcock, 1962. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Untitled, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Untitled, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Untitled, 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Untitled, 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue France, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue France, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue France, December 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue France, December 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue France, December 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue France, December 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Untitled, December 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Untitled, December 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Fall 1977, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Fall 1977, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Spring 1975, 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Spring 1975, 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Summer 1974, 1974. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Summer 1974, 1974. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Summer 1975, 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Summer 1975, 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Summer 1977, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, Summer 1977, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, French Vogue, March 1972. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, French Vogue, March 1972. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, May 1970. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, May 1970. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, The Bather, c. 1950-53. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, The Bather, c. 1950-53. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Self portrait, c. 1950. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Self portrait, c. 1950. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, January 1966. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, January 1966. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, December 1969. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, December 1969. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue, June 1986. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue, June 1986. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Untitled, 1991. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Untitled, 1991. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, August 1981. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, August 1981. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, December 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, December 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Spring 1971. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Spring 1971. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, June 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, June 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Roland Pierre Campaign, 1983.Copyright  The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Roland Pierre Campaign, 1983.Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, December 1976. January 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, December 1976. January 1977. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Summer 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Summer 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Pentax Calendar, 1980. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1976. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1972. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, 1972. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, 1975. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, September 1981. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, September 1981. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, May 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Vogue Paris, May 1978. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Autumn 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Autumn 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Autumn 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Autumn 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Autumn 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Autumn 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Autumn 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Campaign, Autumn 1979. Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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