Lot Details

Framed/Matted, Size: 20 x 24 inches. Vintage print.

Bourdin was one of the best known photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the 20th century. He shared Helmut Newton's taste for controversy and stylization, but Bourdin's formal daring and the narrative power of his images exceeded the bounds of conventional advertising photography. Shattering expectations and questioning boundaries, he set the stage for a new kind of fashion photography. Bourdin worked for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and shot ad campaigns for Chanel, Issey Miyake, Emanuel Ungaro, Gianni Versace, Loewe, Pentax and Bloomingdale's.

Since his death, Guy Bourdin has been hailed as one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time, and his son Samuel Bourdin released a book with the finest prints of his father's work, called "Exhibit A" in 2001 (co-edited with Fernando Delgado). His first retrospective exhibition was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London 2003, and then toured the National gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and Jeu de Paume in Paris.

Bourdin was the first photographer to create a complex narrative, then snatch a moment — sensual, provocative, shocking, exotic, surrealistic, sometimes sinister — and simply associate it with a fashion item. The narratives were strange and mysterious, sometimes full of violence, sexuality, and surrealism. Bourdin was influenced by his mentor Man Ray, photographer Edward Weston, the surrealist painters Magritte and Balthus, and film maker Luis Buñuel. [wikipedia]

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Margin
Location: Lower right, Upper left
Notes: Minor edge wear consistent with the vintage nature of the print.
Degree: Minor
Indentations / Ding
Area: Other area
Location: Lower left
Notes: Slight 3/8" indentation, lower left of image, visible only under raking light, (see image detail).
Degree: Minor
Tears / Punctures / Holes
Area: Margin
Location: Upper left
Notes: Push-pin mark, upper left corner margin, (see image detail).
Degree: Moderate

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • - Acquired directly from the estate of Guy Bourdin to present owner.
-1952, First show of photographs. Galerie 29, 20 rue de Seine, Paris. Catalog dedication by Man Ray.

-2003, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
-2004, NGV International, Melbourne
-2004, Jeu de Paume, Paris
-2005, FOAM, Amsterdam
-2005, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtshaft
-2005, Beijing
-2005, Shanhai Museum, Shanghai
-2006, Tokyo
-2008, KunstHaus, Vienna
  • Pickup Location: New Mexico, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9 x 7 in. (22.86 x 17.78 cm.)
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