I stumbled upon the fashion photography of the late Guy Bourdin on The Jealous Curator and it’s perfect – unconventional, provocative and sinister-sexy.
A protege of famous Parisian artist, Man Ray, Bourdin’s first job was shooting fashion for Vogue Paris, a working relationship that spanned three decades.
During this time he shot campaigns for high-end names like Chanel, Ungaro, Loewe and the late Gianni Versace. One of the most well-known fashion photographers of the 20th century, Bourdin’s style was known for its stylised, sensual narratives and dark undertone.
I find it’s stark, bright perversion to be most compelling. It taps into base, primal desires like a plug to electricity.