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Guy Bourdin's surreal and erotic imagery filled pages of international magazines throughout the 1970s. Within the medium of fashion photography, he gave shape to a dark and intriguing vision that exerted lasting influence on the international style scene and altered the contemporary aesthetic. Bourdin rarely allowed his work to appear outside the pages of the magazines, and there has never been a book published devoted to his remarkable legacy. He remained an enigma, shunning publicity and becoming reclusive.
After his death the French government seized all his work for non-payment of taxes and it was thought a book would be impossible. However, published under the guidance of Bourdin's son, Samuel Bourdin (who put his affairs in order and enabled publication) and creative director Fernando Delgado, Exhibit A presents for the first time a comprehensive look at the range and depth of Bourdin's photographic work, from the mid-1950s until his death in 1991. The images herein represent the highlights of his career - including his work for Vogue Paris and his revolutionary advertising campaign for Charles Jourdan shoes. Bourdin is featured and canonized in every history of commercial photography for a style described by one historian as the 'look of an era, glamorous, hard-edged with implied narratives and strong, erotic undercurrents'. Vogue became a playground for him, the magazine's double-page spread allowing him to indulge his fantasies. He constructed narratives and small scenarios; inventive, shocking and erotic they only served to nurture his own macabre and dangerous persona.
A biographical essay by Michel Guerrin, photography critic for Le Monde, will provide a long-overdue look at Bourdin's career. Writer Luc Sante (author of American Photography 1890-1965 and New York Noir) contributes a foreword. Exhibit A: Guy Bourdin is a landmark volume; these compelling images are as provocative today as they were over two decades ago, and they have left an indisputable mark upon contemporary photography and the visual arts.
Guy Bourdin (born 1928 in Paris, died 1991 in Paris) was one of the best known photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the twentieth century. His work for Vogue, together with Helmut Newton, defied standards, ideas and theories about fashion photography. Both used strong themes such as sex, death, violence and fear, to provoke a new way of looking at man. During their working years for Vogue they were given unlimited artistic freedom. In the last years, Guy Bourdin has been hailed as one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time and his son, Samuel Bourdin, released a book with the finest prints of his father's work, Exhibit A. Bourdin has been an influence on many artists, and continues to be so until this very day. Amongst others, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Nick Knight and David LaChappelle are great admirers of his work.
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Description du livre Jonathan Cape, 2001. Cloth. Etat : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. First Edition. Cape, London 2001; As NEW, SHRINKWRAPPED as issued, UNREAD, FIRST Edition, Folio 14.5 x 11.5 Hardback; pulbisher's price sticker on rear cover. Heavy book shipped at agreed extra cost. N° de réf. du vendeur 003192