Guy Bourdin

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V&A, 2003 - Photography - 172 pages
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Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) created the most challenging fashion photography of the late 20th century. Over a 35-year career, including more than three decades creating confrontational images for French Vogue and groundbreaking campaigns for Charles Jourdan footwear, he staged complex dramas, with every gesture and prop carrying a potent psychological charge. He showed us that in the context of fashion it is rarely the product that compels us; it is the image--the seductive narratives of the commercial world, and the quest for the unattainable--that stirs our desires. Today, Bourdin stands as one of the most influential image-makers of all time. Bourdin cultivated his anonymity, refusing all proposals for books and exhibitions during his lifetime. This volume, published to coincide with the first major exhibition of his photographs, showcases not only his fashion images but also his brooding landscapes and magical cityscapes. The photographs are accompanied by five specially commissioned essays, which together offer the first thorough analysis of Bourdin's unique creativity.

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Review: Guy Bourdin: Polaroids

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

this is my favorite work by Bourdin. it has the same formal and conceptual depth as his "real" work, but i prefer the looser approach and imperfections of the polaroids. Read full review

Review: Guy Bourdin: Polaroids

User Review  - Aaron the Pink Donut - Goodreads

I was going to write a really long and in depth review but I really all I can say is just buy this book. Don't think about- JUST DO IT. It is one of the best photo books I have ever seen. Really. Its that good. Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Charlotte Cotton is Department Head & Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Verthime is a cultural historian.

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