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EXHIBITION

The Absurd and The Sublime
Guy Bourdin Exhibition

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021 Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021
Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021 Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021
Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021 Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021
Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021 Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021
Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021 Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Bourdin 2021
Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

2021.9.8 WED - 10.24 SUN

11:00 - 19:00 Open daily / Free admission

INTRODUCTION

Growing up in Paris, Guy Bourdin had been inspired by the Arts, experimenting with painting and drawing, then taking his first photographs in the late 1940’s. Gravitating around the Parisian art scene, in 1951 he met the surrealist Man Ray. Surrealism was to be an important influence throughout his life.

From his early editorial fashion commissions, Guy immediately revealed his very own distinct style. His photographs went beyond fashion. Equally fascinated by the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Guy Bourdin would meticulously construct scenes evoking a mysterious plot or creating a subliminal tension engaging the curiosity of the spectator. He was never predictable, playing with the absurd and the sublime. His skillful use of plot and perspective, colour and contrast, take Guy Bourdin’s photographs well beyond the simple page of a magazine.

From his own archives, this exhibition includes several iconic images as well as some less familiar images. We have also the privilege to include early original works by Guy Bourdin that have never been exhibited before. Discovered in the archives, these black and white vintage photographs show Guy’s early experimentation and the evolution of his distinct style.Even after his early death in 1991, his photographs continue to be an enigma.

ARTIST

Guy Bourdin (1928-1991)

Guy Bourdin (1928-1991), grew up in Paris and had been inspired by its art scene. Although he started off as a painter a, he began to experiment with photography having been influenced by The Surrealists such as Man Ray. He was equally captivated by the cinema, especially the films by Alfred Hitchcock. His distinctive style of visual storytelling caught the attention of the fashion industry and his first fashion photographs appeared in the February 1955 issue of Vogue Paris. In addition to fashion magazines, he also created ad campaigns for CHANEL and other brands.
His work has been exhibited in venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Tate Modern, London, Musée d’Art de Paris Jeu de Paume, the Getty Museum, Los Angeles and the National Art Museum of China. In 2006, Japan’s first ever Bourdin exhibition was held at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.