Guy Bourdin
French, 1928-1991
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011,
Getty Museum
Guy Bourdin: Image Maker,
Helmut Newton Foundation - Museum for Photography
Guy Bourdin, The Portraits,
Louise Alexander Gallery

With a career spanning over three decades, fashion photographer Guy Bourdin created pioneering and provocative images. Described in TIME Magazine as “tiptoeing to the edge of pornography but ending up at art,” Bourdin is best known for his iconoclastic photographs of fragmented women’s bodies, considered alternately objectifying and empowering. This distinct style emerged in the 1970s, as his shocking, sensual, and sometimes unsettling images revolutionized commercial and editorial photography. A protégé of the iconic Surrealist artist Man Ray, Bourdin began exhibiting his drawings and photographs in the early 1950s, landing his first fashion shoot in 1955 in Vogue Paris. Once he began work as a fashion photographer, Bourdin eschewed exhibitions and monographs, feeling that his images functioned exclusively in magazines.