Sunday, November 03, 2013

Guy Bourdin

Parisian Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was one of the best known photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the 20th century. His work for Vogue between 1955 and 1985, together with the better known Helmut Newton, changed the standards, ideas and theories about fashion photography in general. Both used strong themes, including themes such as sex, death, violence, glamour and fear, to provoke a new way of looking at man in general. Bourdin did advertising work for the Charles Jourdan shoe company. His quirky crime scene ads, like the one depicted here, were recognised and always eagerly awaited by the media. Even today his influence continues in e.g. Madonna's videos. More on Bourdin in the Wikipedia article linked to below.