In conjunction with the release of a new monograph, Guy Bourdin: In Between,
the French American Cultural Exchange presents an exhibition of over 30
rare reproduction prints, many of which have not been seen or shown
outside of their original publications. Perhaps best known for his
dramatic color photographs, this exhibition celebrates the black and
white works that make up half of Bourdin’s published images.
Born in Paris in 1928, Guy Bourdin began his career in the 1950s after meeting Man Ray and becoming his protégé. Bourdin had his first exhibition of paintings and drawing in Paris in 1950, and an exhibition of photographs in 1952. He continued exhibiting in Paris for the next several years, and in 1955 his first fashion photographs were published in French Vogue. After the 1960s he stopped working in painting and drawing and turned his focus to photography, creating striking, avant-garde editorials for Vogue until 1987. During these years he continued to exhibit his photographs, and to work on editorial and advertising projects outside of Vogue.
The influence of Man Ray and surrealism is evident in the poetic and
idiosyncratic imagery that Bourdin produced throughout his career. His
play with composition, perspective, and later color resulted in stunning
works that reconceptualize space and time. Though often more stark or
restrained, Bourdin’s early black and white photographs exude the same
expressive and figurative qualities that enliven his later color works.
They speak to an early understanding of mise-en-scène and visual
consciousness, and we can see in them a potential already reached but
not nearly exhausted.
Guy Bourdin: In Between
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
New York, NY
November 11 – December 11, 2010
Admission is free
The book, which includes both black and white and color works, is available at: www.steidlville.com
272 pages, 400 photographs