Guy Bourdin was a French photographer known for his sexy, mysterious and often dangerous fashion photography.
Bourdin met Man Ray in Paris, in 1950 and became his protégé. As an artist Bourdin’s first exhibition was of drawings and paintings at Galerie, Rue de la Bourgogne, Paris.
His first photographic exhibition was in 1953. Bourdin’s first fashion shots were published in the February 1955 issue of Vogue Paris. He continued to work for the magazine until 1987.
An editor of Vogue magazine introduced Bourdin to shoe designer Charles Jourdan, who became his patron, and Bourdin shot Jourdan's ad campaigns between 1967 and 1981. Bourdin became known for his quirky anthropomorphic compositions and intricate mise en scene.
Guy Bourdin has had an enormous influence on editorial, fashion and simply photography in general.