We had a wonderful night this Wednesday, 26 November, at the opening of Somerset House’s major Guy Bourdin: Image Maker exhibition. Curated by SHOWstudio favourite Alistair O’Neill with Shelly Verthime, Image Maker is the largest ever UK exhibition of the enigmatic fashion photographer's work.
Showcasing over 100 works and previously unseen material by the influential fashion photographer - whose famed collaborations with Vogue Paris and Charles Jourdan make up just a small proportion of his creative output - the exhibition also highlights Bourdin’s grasp of editing processes in a pre-digital age, as well as his interest in the moving image. Super-8 films from his fashion shoots feature alongside sketches and notebooks, collectively revealing the care and precision with which Bourdin approached every aspect of image-making, right down to the models’ hair and make-up.
Dont miss this impressive retrospective, which runs until the 15th of March. You can also revisit our project Compulsive Viewing: The Films Of Guy Bourdin, featuring eleven unique fashion films edited in 2002-2003 from never-before-seen archival film recorded by the photographer.