Boston: Bulfinch / Little, Brown, 2001. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's blacl cloth, spine and upper board blindstamped, red endpapers, original photo-illustrated endpapers.
Definitive monograph on French fashion photographer and filmmaker Guy Bourdin. Posthumously produced under the guidance of Bourdin's son Samuel and creative director Fernando Delgado, this lavish overview showcases the hallmarks of Bourdin’s iconic style —narrative photos in saturated colors and sensuously cropped compositions that evoke mystery and unabashed sexuality—through a diverse compilation of fashion editorial and advertising photography culled from his 30 year career. The fame-averse Bourdin's oeuvre was often eclipsed by fellow provocateur Helmut Newton, until his death in 1991 brought about a reappraisal of his prolific and influential body of work. Illustrated throughout with full-bleed plates in color and black-and-white; with a foreword by writer and critic Luc Sante, a biographical essay by Le Monde photography critic Michel Guerrin, and list of plates. Color photocopies of several Bourdin photos laid in. Some chipping and edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #3256