Paris Photo Los Angeles- thoughts on unseen Guy Bourdin photography

Optical illusion … a shot for the May 1970 issue of French Vogue. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
Optical illusion … a shot for the May 1970 issue of French Vogue. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

Paris Photo Los Angeles is nothing less than the US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium and this season offered a series of event-exhibitions/rare screenings destined to please photography and art lovers. Amongst the photographers’ retrospective exhibitions was the much famed one of Guy Bourdin’s unseen images taken directly from his archive.And my,how avant-garde in the very essence of the word were! Bourdin’s fascination with the two primary instincts of love (represented as beauty) and death along with his stylized settings (a tribute to surrealists) is contagious-no wonder why his work lifted the fashion ‘status’ of french Vogue as a art-as-fashion pioneer to the higher possible.

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Look out Jane Fonda … from the 1980 Pentax calendar. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Take a seat … another from the 1980 Pentax calendar. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Best foot forward … from the autumn 1977 Charles Jourdan campaign. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Sweet dreams … from the 1980 Pentax calendar. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Mirror mirror … a shot for French Vogue, March 1972. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Credited with changing how fashion was photographed, Bourdin often shot for French fashion designer Charles Jourdan. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Paved with gold … from the summer 1975 Charles Jourdan campaign. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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French Vogue June 1986 issue. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Boulevard of dreams … from the summer 1977 Charles Jourdan campaign. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery
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Think on your feet … from the spring 1978 Charles Jourdan campaign. Photograph: © The Guy Bourdin Estate 2014 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Galler

 

 

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