A Master Snaps


French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin is one of the world’s masters. Like Helmut Newton, Bourdin broke barriers and developed a distinct narrative style that leaves the viewer asking, “What happens next?” He was a protégé of Man Ray so it’s not surprising that many of the Polaroids in this book have an edgy surrealist quality. A strain of dark eroticism runs through these images. One can easily imagine an accompanying text and captions written by André Pieyre de Mandiargues. Or, perhaps, scenes from a film by Duras or Robbe-Grillet.

POLAROIDS (Editions Xavier Barral) is sensual and mysterious.


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