Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin  images represent a high point in the late twentieth century fashion photography. His work took the basic function of the fashion photograph, which was to sell clothing, beauty products and accessories and made it into something rich and strange. He made the product secondary to the image.

Guy Bourdin was a French photographer who was born in Paris in 1928. He was influenced by Man Ray and originally studied to be a painter. He rose to fame in the 1970’s for his provocative fashion photography which was seen on the pages of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. His images evoke emotion as suggested in the coursework they create an uneasy psychological tension similar to a crime scene photograph. The majority of his images have became iconic because he blurred the distinction between advertising, fashion photography and fine art photography.

Guy Bourdin Images remind me of my youth in the 1980’s. The loud colours, red nails and lipsticks and of course the shoes. Some of the images are dream like and others are like crime scenes not advertisements, the models are secondary.  Guy Bourdin sadly died of cancer in 1991 but his images are still influential and are exhibited today.



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