Guy Bourdin

  • Studying painting in his youth, makes the minimal composition of his photographs unique.
  • He did not collect his works or make any attempt to preserve them.
  • Bourdin wanted all of his work destroyed after his death, in 1991
  • Unfortunately for him, and fortunate for this post, the fact that he did not collect all of his work make it difficult to destroy, in the end.
  • Bourdin was a close friend of Man Ray, who wrote the introduction for the catalogue of his first show in the late 1950’s.
  • Bourdin, along with Helmut Newton, is considered to be one of the most revolutionary fashion photographers of the second half of the 20th century.
  • I feel like Bourdin is the Ying to Helmut Newtons Yang. Although his work is much more saturated and action based, it is also obvious to see that he was much more morbid and serious than Newton
  • He worked with French Vouge for nearly 30 years, yet not much of his work was published.
  • He is well known for his timeless photographs advertising Charles Jourdans shoe collections in the 70’s.








My Bourdin inspired photographs include these:




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