Posted: 5.08.2013 | | Labels:

i have an incredible photography professor who has inspired me so much. we are kind of like kindred spirits in a way. we talk about photography, clothes (she ended up buying the same purse as me because she loved it), and random hilarious things. she quotes RuPaul and talks about how certain movies have changed her life. i am constantly learning in the class. 

something i love is that i had never met anyone before who didn't think it was stupid that i loved certain aesthetics when it came to photography. see, i love photographers like william eggleston, lewis baltz, joel sternfeld...the list keeps going, but what i'm trying to say is their work all is aesthetically similar. most people i had met thought that certain photographers work wasn't work, but just cheap shots. ouch! you'd be surprised how much work goes into every photograph. 

Bourdin was not a natural self-promoter, and did not collect his work or make any attempt to preserve them; in fact he refused several offers of exhibitions, rejected ideas for books, and wanted his work destroyed after his death (but since he didn’t keep so much of his work for himself, fortunately most of it was saved).

Since his death, Guy Bourdin has been hailed as one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time, and his son Samuel Bourdin released a book with the finest prints of his father's work, called "Exhibit A" in 2001 (co-edited with Fernando Delgado).

Fashion photographers like Helmut Newton and Jean-Baptiste Mondino talked about how Bourdin managed to shoot fashion photography in his own unique way

what i am trying to get at is that i have grown to appreciate every detail that goes into photography more than i ever have before. i have fallen in love with everything about it. the more i do research about photographers the more and more i fall in love. so, i wanted to share some great photographs by some incredible photographers. this post is all about Guy Bourdin. he was a French fashion photographer who passed away march of 1991. 

"Bourdin was the first photographer to create a complex narrative, then snatch a moment — sensual, provocative, shocking, exotic, surrealistic, sometimes sinister — and simply associate it with a fashion item. The narratives were strange and mysterious, sometimes full of violence, sexuality, and surrealism."
and hey, it's okay if these photos aren't to your liking, that's the awesome thing about art...we all have our own opinions!