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“Blink” Events: Guy Bourdin at Somerset House

Charles Jourdan, Spring 1979 © Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Spring 1979 © Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin: Image-Maker

27 November 2014 – 15 March 2015

Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London

 

I’ve booked my tickets already. I’m a huge Guy Bourdin fan and as this is the UK’s biggest ever exhibition of his work, including previously unseen material, this is on my ‘unmissable’ list. In fact, I’ve booked it on my birthday as a gift to myself! Thank you Somerset House.

If you don’t know the name, you will for sure recognise the images or be familiar with his style of composition, lighting and colour which has been replicated so many times by photographers and stylists who have been influenced by Bourdin’s groundbreaking, avant-garde and rigorous approach.

Guy Bourdin really sums up late 20th century fashion photography and advertising imagery. He was responsible for big label campaigns from footwear to beauty. Bourdin’s approach was that the total image came first, never compromising his style, and yet still showcasing the product in a very subtle, effective way.

The highly coloured, intense, glossy, slightly surreal and very sexy shots that are his signature style broke ground for innovative, creative photographers. The exhibition includes previously unseen films, paintings and working drawings casting new light on Bourdin’s very thorough approached his work. What an exciting opportunity.

Charles Jourdan, Autumn 1970 © Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Autumn 1970 © Guy Bourdin

Vogue Paris, May 1970 © Guy Bourdin

Vogue Paris, May 1970 © Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Spring 1976 © Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Spring 1976 © Guy Bourdin

Book your tickets now on Somerset House’s website.

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