How to Join
the Fashion Spot / Visualizing Fashion / Behind the Lens
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Rules Links Mobile How to Join
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
15-04-2005
  1
V.I.P.
 
travolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New York City
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,595
Guy Bourdin - Photographer
tribute to controversial fashion photography guy bourdin 1928-1991







http://www.artandcommerce.com/anthology/archive/

__________________
"the way a problem is set up often suggests the resolution."
http://michelleboxgirl.blogspot.com/
  Reply With Quote
 
15-04-2005
  2
V.I.P.
 
travolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New York City
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,595
some websites

http://www.guybourdin.fsnet.co.uk/

http://guybourdin.org/

http://guybourdin.org/gallery/










__________________
"the way a problem is set up often suggests the resolution."
http://michelleboxgirl.blogspot.com/
  Reply With Quote
15-04-2005
  3
V.I.P.
 
travolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New York City
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,595
what do you guys think? bad, good, sick, beautiful? i'd be interested to hear your opinions.

__________________
"the way a problem is set up often suggests the resolution."
http://michelleboxgirl.blogspot.com/
  Reply With Quote
15-04-2005
  4
a dim capacity for wings
 
Estella*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: la rue
Gender: femme
Posts: 7,651
i'm not sure about bourdin. fact is, that he is a very refined photographer. but i am not too fond of this certain aesthetic that is a combination of shock/cold beauty/commerce/looking glass....if you know what i mean.
it is very modern other than my romantic forlorness in beauty...but still i have a distance to it, i feel that i can never really, really understand it. only claim to do so...

nevertheless i love some of the images you posted, especially these two:



(and these i understand)

thanks for an interesting topic travolta.

you know that you can see his films on showstudio?
(and have you noticed showstudio has a forum now?)

__________________
mode schoepfung
estella mare
  Reply With Quote
15-04-2005
  5
a dim capacity for wings
 
Estella*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: la rue
Gender: femme
Posts: 7,651
i like the uncanny side of his work...just found these polaroids on www.guybourdin.org/
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 0.jpg (18.0 KB, 1117 views)
File Type: jpg 1.jpg (9.2 KB, 1108 views)
File Type: jpg 2.jpg (12.4 KB, 1098 views)
File Type: jpg 3.jpg (10.9 KB, 1101 views)
File Type: jpg 4.jpg (14.1 KB, 1099 views)

__________________
mode schoepfung
estella mare
  Reply With Quote
15-04-2005
  6
a dim capacity for wings
 
Estella*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: la rue
Gender: femme
Posts: 7,651
a few more:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 5.jpg (11.1 KB, 1103 views)
File Type: jpg 6.jpg (16.3 KB, 1090 views)
File Type: jpg 9.jpg (10.1 KB, 1088 views)
File Type: jpg 12.jpg (9.6 KB, 1087 views)

__________________
mode schoepfung
estella mare
  Reply With Quote
15-04-2005
  7
V.I.P.
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: New York
Gender: homme
Posts: 8,311
I get a sense of alienation from his work, but it's also very personal, so I don't know. Voyeuristic, perhaps. His use of strong color fascinates me anyway, it's as affecting as any high-contrast black-and-white.

__________________
no fun
  Reply With Quote
15-04-2005
  8
daisy in my lazy eye
 
iperlchen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Gender: femme
Posts: 9,871
It's a shame, but I had never heard about him until a few months ago when I read an article on him in an ELLE while waiting at the doctor's. At first I was impressed by his pictures that immediately captured my eye, it's much like there's a very intimidating scene going on and you have to figure out what the lines are and where it actually starts or ends.
Then I read his story. About the model who had to lie on this glass platform in the fierce sun. Bourdin only began shooting when she started showing signs of fainting. He'd glue pearls all over the models' bodies, so their skin couldn't breathe and they would black out. Things like that. He obviously didn't treat women like he should have, due to his past. Which is again something interesting about him.

The main line that you come across in each photo seems to be somethings along the lines of "beauty has to hurt". He always tries to find the perfect balance between beauty, irony and destruction. In my opinion he completed that mission. What also struck me, is that he was far ahead of his time when it comes to technique. It look so up to date!

Errh.. to keep this short I think he was one of the most fascinating people ever. Macabre, yet extremely fascinating.


One of his famous shots ('75)


Last edited by iperlchen; 15-04-2005 at 03:58 PM.
  Reply With Quote
15-04-2005
  9
V.I.P.
 
travolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New York City
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,595
thanks annak for the pics and info. jennifer, i agree with you regarding the personal/ voyeuristic feeling to his work...he's been compared to stanely kubrick. not surprisingly he had a contract with french vogue for three decades. i liked this quote by harpers and queen, "more than any other photographer, bourdin made us aware it is the image we are seduced by, rather than the product..." this may explain why he worked with kenzo (the black and white image above) and several times with issey miyake, for a campaign in 1975 and a calender in 1978.

perlefine you brought up some really good points. when said "beauty has to hurt" i think you were right on target. he was sadistic and in turn masochistic. he reminds me of 70's performance artists like chris burden who crucified himself on a vw bug. their motivation was they thought art had to be pushed to the extreme to be relevant, also they were reacting against the political unrest at the time. i read that bourdin is considered to be a "fine art" photographer, and originally tried his hand at painting, but realized he would never attain to depth and power of his heros, francis bacon and balthus.

__________________
"the way a problem is set up often suggests the resolution."
http://michelleboxgirl.blogspot.com/

Last edited by travolta; 15-04-2005 at 05:14 PM.
  Reply With Quote
15-04-2005
  10
backstage pass
 
stilista's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Gender: femme
Posts: 774
I can't believe there's not a thread on him already!

I like many images, but think I feel the same as Anna Karina...

His work doesn't give me a feeling. I can appreciate them for what they are, but I could never fall in love.

Some of my faves :





  Reply With Quote
18-05-2005
  11
*
 
arlekindearrabal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Gender: homme
Posts: 4,558
thanks for the thread, travolta

i regard his work as the epitome of fashion photography

  Reply With Quote
18-05-2005
  12
V.I.P.
 
travolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New York City
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,595
your welcome

__________________
"the way a problem is set up often suggests the resolution."
http://michelleboxgirl.blogspot.com/
  Reply With Quote
18-05-2005
  13
backstage pass
 
Hana_N's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denmark
Gender: femme
Posts: 762
Thanks for the thread.

Some of his images remind me of Miles Aldrigde, except it's more twisted. Personally I don't like very much, a bit too creepy.

__________________
Your right to wear a mint-green polyester leisure suit ends where it meets my eye - Fran Lebowitz
  Reply With Quote
18-05-2005
  14
front row
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: NYC
Posts: 205
He's a favorite. His work is wonderful.

  Reply With Quote
18-05-2005
  15
daisy in my lazy eye
 
iperlchen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Gender: femme
Posts: 9,871
Thank you Travolta, I don't think I've ever seen them. I love that last one, have you noticed the text on the "lightscreen" (?) in the background

  Reply With Quote
Reply
Previous Thread | Next Thread »

Tags
bourdin, guy, photographer
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

monitoring_string = "058526dd2635cb6818386bfd373b82a4"


 
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:58 PM.
Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
TheFashionSpot.com is a property of TotallyHer Media, LLC, an Evolve Media LLC company. ©2014 All rights reserved.