Contact
hello@wolfandmoon.com
Directions

Studio 41, Hackney Downs Studios

Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT

· ·

Exhibition: Guy Bourdin, Somerset House

· ·

Wolf & Moon | Guy Bourdin, Somerset House

Over the weekend, we visited Somerset House to see an exhibition (ends 15th March) of works by French fashion photographer, Guy Bourdin (1928-91).  The exhibition covers Bourdin's work from 1955-87 and includes previously unseen material.

It is a really interesting and extensive look at Bourdin's photography and meticulous process - from preliminary sketches, backstage snapshots and contact prints to the final images.

As a protégé of Man Ray, Bourdin was naturally interested in surrealism.  Establishing the idea that product is secondary to image, Bourdin cleverly sold clothing, beauty and accessories with images that told a complex narrative - sometimes sensual, provocative, surreal or strange.

Bourdin was also a pioneer of the fashion film.  Often filming in slow motion on set of a photoshoot, his super 8 films reveal an intimate view of the models and capture dream-like portraits.

A personal favourite was the final room with a selection of polaroid images taken as preliminary sketches and ideas for images.  In these snapshots, you can see how Bourdin often revisits the landscape for inspiration.  A beautiful b&w super 8 film featuring hand-held shots of craggy cliffs and the sun dancing off the sea accompanies these polaroids.

Wolf & Moon | Guy Bourdin, Somerset House

Wolf & Moon | Guy Bourdin, Somerset House

Wolf & Moon | Guy Bourdin, Somerset House

Wolf & Moon | Guy Bourdin, Somerset House

Wolf & Moon | Guy Bourdin, Somerset House

 Whilst at Somerset House, we would also recommend a visit to "Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk", a free exhibition (ends 25th January) of photography by Chris Stein, guitarist of Blondie, who had a close relationship with Debbie Harrie and other well known new wave/punk musicians of the era.

For more info, visit www.somersethouse.org.uk

All images were taken at the Guy Bourdin exhibition at Somerset House.