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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (1 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714843032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714843032
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A damn good storyteller who condensed carefully orchestrated narratives into a single photograph that both shocked and fascinated his audience ... Capturing every possible sexual taboo, his images consequently changed the face of '70s and '80s fashion photography.' (i-D)

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Alison Gingeras is an international curator and writer based in Paris. She held the post of Curator of Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Collections at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (1999 to 2004) and was a member of the curatorial team at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York from 1995 to 1999. She is on the editorial committee of Tate.Etc. magazine and has written dozens of exhibition catalogue texts and essays on contemporary artists.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Neil Clavin on 20 Aug 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book published to complement the stunning Guy Bourdin exhibtion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London held in 2003.
The book carries all the images displayed in the exhibition in a digtially remastered form with a clarity that makes them hyper real. There are also unpublished photographs and others unseen for over 25 years. This makes for a far superior book visually to the previously published Exhibit A: Guy Bourdin: A Biographical Essay by Michel Guerrin where the photographs seemed subdued and toned down. The book also carries some of Bourdin�s notes which are as seductive as the photographs themselves eg. �Two girls kissing through a sheet of glass� . In depth essays on the photographer's work are also included.
The typography perfectly fits reflects the heady mix of photographic work that is at once typical of the 70s and yet feels as fresh, clean and provocative as if it were produced today. A mixture of material and high gloss image on the cover lend a tactile edge to the book.
Classy, provocative and glacially cool you�ll need a very good coffee table to do this book justice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Foto Lover on 4 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
Not many books available on Bourdin. This is a good one. I'd disagree with the previous review...
The imagery is exceptionally nice ;) Genius, and a must for all shoe lovers with a dark sense of humour. ;)
Buy It.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Angus Jenkinson VINE VOICE on 1 Jun 2009
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Guy Bourdin does not produce nice images: these are images of evocative power that cross commercial and art borders. He is/was an extremely influential advertising photographer who was given briefs that enabled him to apply his artistic vision to the creation of images to fulfil commercial objectives. Now that's already an interesting ethical dilemma, and whatever side of the debate you are on you would find this book important.

Texts on semiotics in advertising (see for example Judith Williamson, Decoding Advertising) frequently cite his work, because his images are so richly layered and textured, seeming to say one thing while they evoke several others. Some of his most famous and pioneering work was for Charles Jourdain, the shoe designer, in which the shoes appear as characters in dramatic scenarios peopled by sensual women in strange story lands.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected 24 Jan 2008
By jsw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of the fashion stuff Bourdin shot in the seventies & eighties, especially his editorial work for French Vogue (there's never been a really good collection of this).
This book covers his career from the start to the early eighties but obviously not comprehensively given the size. While others may be interested in his earlier work (photos of Man Ray's studio etc.), I'm not. The latter half of the book gets into some of his later fashion photography that really made him famous, but only gives a taste of that part of his career.
It's not a bad book - but like I said it's an abbreviated peek at his whole career and I was really after something on his later fashion work.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Size 15 Feb 2008
By Ricky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Content is sensational but... being a photograph book, I just found it to be too small. Maybe in the future, book's dimensions could be stated within its description.
Glacial cool Guy Bourdin 16 Jan 2010
By C. Moss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book published to complement the stunning Guy Bourdin exhibtion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London held in 2003.

The book carries all the images displayed in the exhibition in a digtially remastered form with a clarity that makes them hyper real. There are also unpublished photographs and others unseen for over 25 years. This makes for a far superior book visually to the previously published Exhibit A: Guy Bourdin: A Biographical Essay by Michel Guerrin where the photographs seemed subdued and toned down. The book also carries some of Bourdin�s notes which are as seductive as the photographs themselves eg. �Two girls kissing through a sheet of glass� . In depth essays on the photographer's work are also included.

The typography perfectly fits reflects the heady mix of photographic work that is at once typical of the 70s and yet feels as fresh, clean and provocative as if it were produced today. A mixture of material and high gloss image on the cover lend a tactile edge to the book.

Classy, provocative and glacially cool youï'll need a very good coffee table to do this book justice.
beautiful images 8 Mar 2011
By big biscuit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this for a friend as a gift and it was a big hit. The quality of the paper, images and graphics are wonderful
Five Stars 1 Dec 2014
By Visione Photo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Best Fashion Book!
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