Saturday, July 19, 2008
Point and Shoot
Guy Bourdin (December 2, 1928 - March 29, 1991) was a groundbreaking French photographer. He was employed by Vogue magazine in 1955 for nearly 30 years, mostly working for their French edition.
In the sixties, Bourdin was commissioned by the Charles Jourdan shoe company to head their advertising campaign. His over the top ads, focusing on crime scenes, were greatly anticipated by the media and transcended traditional advertising at this time.
In the seventies, Bourdin worked alongside Helmut Newton at French Vogue and their images defied the boundaries of fashion photography. Their photographs contained a touch of fetishism, violence and masochism. Nevertheless, they were always glamourous.
Bourdin died in Paris in 1991 of cancer. His profound influence on fashion photography still remains today.