Guy Bourdin, ‘Untitled’, 1978, Kate Vass Galerie

Signature: Signed on verso

Part of the campaign made for Charles Jourdan for Spring 1978

About Guy Bourdin

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.

French, 1928-1991, Paris, France

Solo Shows

2017
Helmut Newton Foundation - Museum for Photography, 
Berlin, Germany,
Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

Group Shows

2018
Tate, 
London, UK,
In to the Light: Photography and Abstract Art
2018
Getty Museum, 
Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011
2017
Genève,