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on 20 August 2003
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 There are also unpublished photographs and others unseen for over 25 years.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 Bourdinï¿½s notes which are as seductive as the photographs themselves eg. ï¿½Two girls kissing through a sheet of glassï¿½ . 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¿½ll need a very good coffee table to do this book justice.