Review

GUY BOURDIN
RETROSPECTIVE

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House of Photography 1 November 2013 — 26 January 2014

House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg is pleased to announce an exhibition of the legendary photographer Guy Bourdin (1928–1991), to be on view from November 1, 2013 - January 26, 2014. This most comprehensive exhibition to date is both an overview of the essential components of Guy Bourdin’s oeuvre and an introduction to unveiling works from his personal archives which have never been seen before. This is the first time that both his works as a painter and his notes on films will been shown at an exhibition. B&W shots dating from the 1950s are also included, showing portraits of artists and views of the city of Paris as well as Polaroids, sketches and texts. The exhibition examines Guy Bourdin’s oeuvre, but moreover, it provides insight into the complex working processes of the photographer’s mind and aims to establish his status as a visionaire image maker.

Guy Bourdin’s career spanned more than forty years during which time he worked for the world’s leading fashion houses and magazines. With the eye of a painter, Guy Bourdin created images that contained fascinating stories, compositions, both in B&W and in colours. He was among the 1st to create images with narratives, telling stories and shows that the image is more important than the product which is displayed. Using fashion photography as his medium, he sent out his message, one that was difficult to decode, exploring the realms between the absurd and the sublime. Famed for his suggestive narratives and surreal aesthetics, he radically broke conventions of commercial photography with a relentless perfectionism and sharp humor.

Guy Bourdin’s imagery not only changed the course of fashion photography but influenced a host of contemporary artists, photographers and filmmakers. It is without question, that Guy Bourdin’s work for Vogue and his highly acclaimed print advertising for Charles Jourdan in the 1970s are now being seen in the appropriate context of contemporary art.

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Video Catalog

Video How Bourdin's works got to Hamburg

Gallery

Catalog

The exhibition will be accompanied by a magazine featuring numerous illustrations, a foreword by Dirk Luckow, texts by Ingo Taubhorn, Mike Figgis, Peter V. Brinkemper, Annabelle Hirsch, Anna Seckler, Sabine Schnakenberg, David Riedel plus several statements about Guy Bourdin. Editor: Ingo Taubhorn, Design: Detlev Pusch. Ca. 140 pages, German only, Price: 19,80 Euro