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21.09.2010

 

Must Have : Guy Bourdin. Violence, Sexuality & Surrealism. STERN Special on the pioneer of staged fashion photography

During his time as art director of French Vogue, Donald Schneider stumbled across the works of Guy Bourdin while researching in the archive and proved to be deeply impressed. Now, almost 20 years after Bourdin's death, the STERN art director has collected a to date unpublished in Germany lifework of the fashion photographer. “It was an indescribable effort, negatives had been lost and some photographs had to be restored from what could be scraped together.”, says Donald.

In his early twenties, Guy (*1928 Paris) met Man Ray in 1950s Paris and became his protégé. It was during this time that he had his first exhibitions of paintings and drawings while his photographs were exhibited for the first time in 1952. His first fashion photographs could be adored in the French Vogue, 1955, for which he continued to work until 1987.

Instead of capturing a spur of the moment, Guy Bourdin wanted to narrate complex tales – provocative, shocking, exotic and mysterious. His compositions were ripe with violence, sexuality and surrealism. His stylised boundary transgressions revolutionized fashion photography, he influenced magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar as well as brands ranging from Chanel, Ungaro to Loewe.

The new Edition Stern Photography Issue Nr. 61 “Guy Bourdin” is priced at 18.00 Euro.

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin

STERN SPECIAL : Guy Bourdin