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Guy Bourdin

His work is collected by important institutions including Tate in London, MoMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Getty Museum.

The first retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2003, and then toured the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, and the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris.

The Tate is permanently exhibiting a part of its collection (one of the largest) with works made between 1950 and 1955.

 He is considered as one of the best known photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the 20th century. He set the stage for a new kind of fashion photography. (Source)

Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin.

Wednesday: Guy Bourdin

Photographer Guy Bourdin.

Tuesday: 6 of 6

Guy Bourdin – Caught in the Act (1968).

An editor of Vogue magazine introduced Bourdin to shoe designer Charles Jourdan, who became his patron, and Bourdin shot Jourdan’s ad campaigns between 1967 and 1981. His quirky anthropomorphic compositions, intricate mise en scene ads were recognised as distinctly Bourdin-esque and were always eagerly anticipated by the media.
In 1985, Bourdin turned down the Grand Prix National de la Photographie, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, but his name is retained on the list of award winners.
Bourdin’s photographs are often richly sensual but also rely heavily on provocation and ability to shock. Additionally integrating erotic, surreal, sinister components— Bourdin configured a whole new visual vocabulary with which to associate the goods of haute-couture. The narratives were strange and mysterious, often plainly exhibiting violence and graphic sexuality.
Evident through astute reading of his compositional and thematic presentation, Bourdin’s profited from the influence of a diverse collection of contemporaries: first and foremost, his mentor Man Ray, Also the photographer Edward Weston, surrealist painters Magritte and Balthus, and Spanish surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel. (Read more)

Monday: 4 of 6

Deborah Turbeville was an American fashion photographer.
Although she started out as a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, she became a photographer in the 70s.
She is widely credited with adding a darker, more brooding element to fashion photography, beginning in the early 1970s. Turbeville is one of just three photographers, together with Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton, who essentially changed fashion photo shoots from traditional, well-lit images into something much more edgy.
However, unlike the “urban erotic underworld” portrayed by her contemporaries, Turbeville’s aesthetic tended towards “dreamy and mysterious,” a delicate female gaze. She was the only woman and only American among this trio.  In 2009, Women’s Wear Daily wrote that Tuberville transformed “fashion photography into avant-garde art.” (More)