Bourdin Guy

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Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was born in Paris in 1928. A French artist, innovator and revolutionary of fashion photography, Bourdin is one of the most influential photographers of the second half of the 20th century.

Beginning his career with painting, Bourdin learned photography while serving in the army in the late 1940s. In the early 1950s, he became a protégé of one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Man Ray. It was during this period that Bourdin became interested in surrealism. Subsequently, one of the most famous surreal images of the author will be a picture of Louise Despoyntes for Vogue in 1970, in which several pairs of identical hands are superimposed on each other and close the eyes of the model.
Guy Bourdin is best known for his vivid color shots with unusual, surreal, sometimes shocking compositions and paradoxical plots. Already in the early black-and-white works, you can see how certain techniques were born, which will be developed in later works made in color.

As an uncompromising photographer, Guy Bourdin always defended his author’s freedom and never obeyed the rules of fashion photography and the dictates of editors. For forty years, the creator surprised and shocked readers of glossy magazines with provocative images, pushing the boundaries of commercial photography and changing the viewer’s ideas about fashion photography. In the second half of the 1990s, Bourdain worked for Harper’s Bazaar magazine and shot advertising campaigns for Versace, Chanel, Loewe and other brands. Guy Bourdin was one of the first authors working in commercial photography who abandoned the direct presentation of a product in favour of an artistic image.

Bourdin drew inspiration from literature, film, and art history, drawing on the works of surrealists Man Ray and Rene Magritte, photographs by Edward Weston, and films by Louis Bunuel and Alfred Hitchcock.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020
Guy Bourdin. Follow me, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

2019
Guy Bourdin. L’Image dans l’Image, Campredon centre d’art, l’isle sur la sorgue
Guy Bourdin. Zoom, Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre, Nice

2018
Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
A Tribute to F.C. Gundlach: Photographer and Collector, CHRISTIE’S Paris, Paris
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011, The J. Paul Getty Museum, LA, California

2017

THE POLAROID PROJECT, WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna
Guy Bourdin. Femininities, Maison Chloé, Paris
Gloss: Modeling Beauty, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Total Records. Vinyl & photography, Fundacion Foto Colectania, Barcelona

2015
«How fashion is born: 100 years of photography from the archive of Condé Nast», МАММ, Moscow

2014
Guy Bourdin. Image Maker, Somerset House, London

2013
White. PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, DESIGN, FASHION, FILM, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
Photo A-Z. photographers we have featured, and those still on our wish list, NRW- Forum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
Guy Bourdin. Retrospective, Haus der Photographie, Hamburg
Les Rencontres d’Arles 2013 – ARLES IN BLACK. Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles

2011
Photography Rotation 8, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York Zwischen Ideal und Moral, Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn
BEAUTY CULTURE. The Annenberg Space for Photography, LA, California Vanity, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

2010
Exposed -Voyeurism, Surveillance and the camera since 1870, Tate Modern, London
Photography 1948 – 2010: WOMAN. The Wapping Project Bankside, London

2009
Guy Bourdin. An artist with a camera, Manege Central exhibition hall, Moscow

2008
Guy Bourdin. A message for you, KunstHausWien, Vienna
CONTROVERSIES, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

2007

MODE:BILDER. Fotografien aus der Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf
Guy Bourdin. Unseen, Victoria House – Phillips de Pury & Company, London

2006
Personal exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
The Heartbeat of Fashion. Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Une histoire de la Photographie Publicitaire en France – De Man Ray à Jean Paul Goude, Musée de la publicité, Paris

2005
Personal exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Personal exhibition, NAMOC National Art Museum Of China, Beijing
Personal exhibition, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf
2004 Personal exhibition, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
Personal exhibition, Jeu de paume, site Concorde, Paris

2003
Phantom der Lust. Visionen des Masochismus in der Kunst, Neue Galerie, Grace
Guy Bourdin. Retrospective of innovative fashion photographer, V&A Victoria & Albert Museum, London

2002
Archeology of Elegance, Haus der Photographie, Hamburg