Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin

The impact of Bourdin’s imagery on the realms of both commercial and fine art photography continues to resonate today. He made radical changes in both the style and the meaning of commercial imagery. His fashion shoots are mysterious, hypnotic, surreal, exposing the true and unnerving nature of desire. He shows us that, within the context of fashion, it is rarely the product that compels us. It is the image – the carefully staged narrative of sexual fantasy, the quest for the unattainable, the suggestion of danger – that stimulates consumer desire. Guy Bourdin was born in 1928 and during his youth in post-war Paris, he showed precocious artistic talent and fierce ambition. He presented himself to Man Ray in the early fifties and was then spotted by French Vogue, where he went on to create some of their most sensational editorial images for over thirty years. His advertisements for Charles Jourdan shoes and Bloomingdales in the mid 1970s were the high point of his career and landmarks in the field of advertising. Throughout his life, Bourdin created images at a relentless pace and his work calls to mind the surrealist films of Bunuel or David Lynch. The images chosen for this book include not only his ground-breaking fashion shoots, but also his brooding black and white landscapes from the 1950s and the magical colour cityscapes of two decades later. Each is part of a carefully orchestrated sequence which offers an unprecedented insight into the full range Guy Bourdin’s work.

Guy Bourdin

Image Maker

Guy Bourdin

Protégé of Man Ray, principal photographer of Vogue France, inspiration for the fashion world's favorite photographers, and immortalized in the collections of museums around the world, Guy Bourdin irrevocably changed the face of modern photography. Guy Bourdin: Image Maker is an exploration of the photographer's iconic imagery, featuring archival material yet unpublished, including original, never-before-seen Vogue layouts, hand-clipped and annotated layouts, Polaroids, and paintings.

Photography

Photography

"John Ingledew: Photography provides a basic introduction for students across the visual arts. This accessible, inspirational guide to creative photography explores the subjects and themes that have always obsessed photographers and explains technique in a clear and simple way. Embracing the whole spectrum of photography from traditional to digital, it introduces the work of the masters of the art as well as showing fresh, dynamic images created by young photographers from all over the world. An essential resource, the book also provides a valuable overview of careers in photography and a comprehensive reference section, including a glossary of technical vocabulary."--BOOK JACKET.

Fashion Curating

Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond

Fashion Curating

As the practice of fashion curation extends into commercial galleries, public and retail spaces, and even to the individual self, professional concepts of 'curating' are undergoing rapid change. Today, everyone is seemingly able to 'curate', but where does this leave the traditional understanding of curation as clothing collected and displayed in a museum? This thought-provoking volume explores the practice of fashion curating in the 21st century, bridging the gap between methods of display and notions of 'the curatorial' in fashion exhibitions, commercial settings, and the virtual world. From fashion's earliest forays into the museum to creative collaborations between luxury fashion brands and artists, this book challenges understandings of fashion curation by drawing on the palpably new spaces, places, and actors in today's curating scene. Exploring poetic and performative museum displays in venues such as the V&A, Somerset House, MoMu and the Royal Ontario Museum, alongside the ways that brands such as Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton have made use of 'the curatorial' in their own commercial strategies, Fashion Curating asks pressing questions about controversial funding and collaboration from the commercial fashion sector, and the limitations of producing exhibitions that are at the same time critical and popular. Bringing together approaches from fashion curators, designers and world-renowned academics, curation is positioned as a critical practice that opens up new ways of conceptualizing and theorizing fashion, challenging how we think and what we already know.

Black and Blue

The Bruising Passion of Camera Lucida, La Jetée, Sans Soleil, and Hiroshima Mon Amour

Black and Blue

In an exploration of one book and three films, themes including loss, regret, violence, and history are discussed in terms of the feeling of the colors black and blue.

Eyewitness Companions: Photography

Photography

Eyewitness Companions: Photography

Showing you what others only tell you. Snap happy with this unique visual guide covering every aspect of conventional and digital photography from leading photographer Tom Ang. Features practical advice on cameras and techniques plus essential insights into the key developments and innovations. From famous photographers to tips on image manipulation this is the guide that will put you in the picture.

Artmagazine

Artmagazine


Aperture

178, spring 2005

Aperture