Guy Bourdin at Grand Palais.
Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) can be regarded as the absolute game changer of fashion photography. Going against the current and tearing down the strict and static rules of commercial photography, he explored suggestive narratives, the absurd, and surreal subjects with his unique energy and visual style - influenced by his mentor and photo-legend Man Ray.
From November 12th to 15th, lucky folks in Paris will get to witness unseen archived and vintage works from the influential French fashion photographer himself. Held at the Louise Alexander Gallery for Paris Photo 2015, highlights include “mise en abyme”, a French term literally meaning “placed into abyss” – consisting of techniques of placing an image within an image. This highlight includes never before seen monochrome Polaroids Bourdin used to plan his entire ad campaigns back in the ‘70s’. For the first (and only) time, these original Polaroids are layered and exhibited along side their finalized saturated colored images, giving viewers a peek into the personal mind of the revolutionary artist.
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