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Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, 1975

Chromogenic print, printed later, flush-mounted
23 9/10 × 32 in
60.7 × 81.3 cm
Bidding closed
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Signed and numbered 2/18 by Samuel Bourdin, Executor, in ink and estate copyright credit stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount.
Guy Bourdin
French, 1928–1991
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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.

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About the work
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Phillips
Medium
Photography
Signature
Signed and numbered 2/18 by Samuel Bourdin, Executor, in ink and estate copyright credit stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount.
Guy Bourdin
French, 1928–1991
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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.

Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, 1975

Chromogenic print, printed later, flush-mounted
23 9/10 × 32 in
60.7 × 81.3 cm
Bidding closed
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