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Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

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Guy Bourdin (1928–1991) represents a highpoint in late twentieth century fashion photography. His work took the basic function of the fashion photograph - to sell clothing, beauty and accessories - and made it into something rich and strange.

Somerset House is featuring over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987. This major show will chart Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection. The exhibited works will exemplify the craftsmanship behind his images, from production to publication, and their enduring quality as a consequence.

Related events:
Guy Bourdin: The Eye’s the Limit | Tuesday, 2 December 19.00-20.30

Jane Richardson, International Lead Stylist at NARS, leads you through creating a gorgeous Guy Bourdin Seventies-style look for the eyes, reminiscent of Jerry Hall, Studio 54 and other icons of the age.

Curator's Talk: Guy Bourdin | Thursday, 11 December 19.00-20.00

In this lecture, curator Alistair O’Neill will examine Bourdin’s influence, not only within commercial fashion, but in the wider field of photography beyond.

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