Publisher: Assouline Publishing
Dimensions: 27.43 x 3.3 x 34.54 cm
Guy Bourdin ranks high in the pantheon of the most important photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Throughout his career, and notably as a star photographer through three decades for Vogue Paris, he dramatically extended the possibilities of what a fashion photograph could be, making images that are distinctive, intense, haunting, and unforgettable.
A painter all his life and an ever-curious self-taught photographer, Guy Bourdin pursued his unique artistic vision with single-mindedness and absolute integrity. An instinctive Surrealist, creator of enigmatic narratives, and a maverick art director, he conceived timeless images that have remained a powerful influence and inspiration for successive generations.
Born in Paris, Guy Bourdin began exhibiting drawings and painting in his early twenties. After becoming a protégé of the Surrealist artist Man Ray, Bourdin showed his first photography exhibition in 1952, with an introduction by his mentor in the catalog. Incredibly, this was just five years before he would exhibit his work at the International Photography Biennale in Venice.
Bourdin’s groundbreaking editorials and advertising photos became famous, earning him campaigns from Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Loewe, and the Pentax calendar in 1980. In recognition for his groundbreaking work in advertising and fashion photography, Bourdin received the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York City for his 1987 Chanel advertising campaign.
On March 29, 1991, Guy died in Paris, leaving behind his son, Samuel Bourdin. Today, his legacy is celebrated worldwide and his work has been shown in numerous museums, notably the Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, and The Getty in Los Angeles. Guy Bourdin: Image Maker features a rich selection of his iconic images as well as unpublished archival material, revealing never-before-seen Vogue layouts, Polaroids, and paintings.