The Frenchman Guy Bourdin (1921-1998) broke with all conventions of fashion and advertising photography. Instead of flat, striking publicity, Bourdin staged stories full of sexual fantasies and taboos, implying violence, cruelty and death.
The result was a world between fame, glamour and danger.
Already famous for his work for French Vogue, from 1967 on he produced brilliant campaigns for Charles Jourdan, that were eagerly awaited by the media. His work was always graphically strong and pervaded by a disconcerting surrealism.
The comprehensive Guy Bourdin retrospective at the House of Photography will open on Thursday, October 31 at 7pm.
The exhibition presents both a selection of the most impressive fashion editorials and campaigns of Bourdin, as well as previously unpublished material from his personal archives. For the first time his paintings and his cinematic notes are publicly available.
In addition, Polaroid photos, sketches and texts as well as black-and-white photographs are displayed from the 1950s, show the artists' portraits and Parisian cityscapes. It features not only the photographic, pictorial and cinematic oeuvre of Bourdin, but also gives insight into the work and way of thinking of this visionary image maker.
The retrospective will be complemented by a selection of some 40 works from the F.C. Gundlach Collection, which are similar in terms of both subject matter and content to the oeuvre of Guy Bourdin.
A cabinet exhibition »En compagnie de Guy Bourdin / In the company of Guy Bourdin«, which explores three periods of time and photographers, that have close associations with the work of Bourdin: Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Ellen von Unwerth, David La Capelle, William Klein, just to name a few.
OPENING on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the House of Photography, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
Guy Bourdin Super 8 film edited by showstudio