Guy Bourdin

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Guy Bourdin was a French artist and photographer best known for his highly experimental photography. Predominantly working in colour Bourdin was a key contributor to French Vogue from 1955 to end of the 80’s, pushing the boundaries of fashion photography, presenting bold often provocative images with a unique contemporary aesthetic. Shot in France in the 1950s Bourdin’s early experimental work bridges the gap between Surrealism and Subjective Photography. That is not accidental because, surrealist artist Man Ray was serving as his mentor and had strong influence throughout Bourdin’s life. His commercial work, is characterized by its hyper-sexuality, often featuring glossy, boldly colored compositions of sensual women in meticulously posed, staged scenes laced with sardonic humor.

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