A new book, Guy Bourdin In Between, looks at the provocative imagery of the influential French fashion photographer in its original context: the double-page magazine spread. Published by SteidlDangin, the book includes 300 of his images, and reproduces many of the page layouts from British and French Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar where the work first appeared. Several prints of Bourdin’s work are also being exhibited through FACE (French Cultural Exchange) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City through December 10.
All this attention might have surprised Bourdin. As we noted in PDN’s September “End Frame,” in his lifetime Bourdin refused all requests to sell his prints or publish a book. For Bourdin, the magazine spread was his medium. See: End Frame: Nathaniel Goldberg on Guy Bourdin.