Fashion photographer Guy Bourdin's photographic vision was one of the most extreme and influential of the late 20th Century. Born in France in 1928, he received his first photographic training through his service in the French military. His work was first published in Vogue in 1955 and he continued to work for them until 1987. His photographs also appeared in numerous international fashion magazines including Harpers Bazaar and The Best. Bourdin shot advertising campaigns for many prominent fashion houses including Chanel, Emanuel Ungaro, Versace (Complice & Callaghan) and Issey Miyake. Ahead of his time, his fashion photographs subverted conventional fashion photography to present fetishised images of glossy, plasticised models. His work has been influenced by his interest in surrealism, exploring themes such as dark fantasies, perversions, lust, consumption and desire.
Guy Bourdin features in a project.
Compulsive Viewing: The Films Of Guy Bourdin