Guy Bourdin: Image-Maker launches this week at Somerset House in London
Running until March 2015
Celebrated photography artist Guy Bourdin – a man who shunned the spotlight, and embraced the surreal – is getting his own showcase at Somerset House in London in a new major exhibition of work called 'Guy Bourdin: Image-Maker'.
On display for the first time will be photographs of Bourdin’s 'Walking Legs,' a series of images for Charles Jourdan created long before the magic of Photoshop, and showing elegantly disembodied legs strolling along various locations around Britain.
Famous for his stubborn, controlling and perfectionist tendencies, Bourdin never sought fame, and never published a book of his work or hosted an exhibition of his stunning colour photography.
His legacy, however, quite obviously goes on and many of the works on display at Somerset House are recently released images from his archive. “He made seemingly impossible images in a pre-digital age, and despite all the time and perseverance, they look effortless,” said co-curator Alistair O’Neill, who collected pieces with Shelly Verthime. He went on to say that it offers, “an expanded definition of Bourdin, as an image-maker more than a fashion photographer,” and seeks to underline just how he created his images...
'Guy Bourdin: Image-Maker' runs at Somerset House in London November 27 – 1 March 2015