Guy Bourdin, Exhibit A – The Book Review

Guy Bourdin is becoming more recognized as a Fine Art photographer. In looking back at Exhibit A, a 2001 publication by Guy Bourdin’s son Samuel Bourdin and Fernando Delgado, it is apparent Bourdin’s great reputation as a commercial and editorial photographer was deserved.

The interlacing relationship between Fashion photography and Fine Art photography is a fine line, however Bourdin mends that focus and artistry standing at the forefront as a major influence and muse for many photographers and art directors today. Exhibit A is beautiful collection of mysterious glamour and erotic suspense.

Guy Bourdin received his first photographic training while in the French air force stationed in Dakar, Senegal. Originally a painter, Bourdin began exhibiting his work in the early 1950’s. In 1955, his first series of fashion photographs were published in French Vogue. From there he continued to shoot editorial for Harper’s Bazaar, Photo, and Italian Vogue. becoming a huge influence in Fashion Photography during the 1970’s. Bourdin received an overwhelming amount of recognition for his advertising campaigns for companies such as Charles Jourdan, Emanuel Ungaro, and Gianfranco Ferre´. In 1988, Bourdin received the Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography for his outstanding advertising campaign for Chanel in 1987.

Guy Bourdin died in 1991 at the age of 62 in Paris, France. His book, Exhibit A, is a compilation of images over his 30 year career and was published in 2001 by his son, Samuel Bourdin and Creative Director, Fernando Delgado. 

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