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Polaroids: Guy Bourdin
Guy Bourdin (1928–1991) created some of the most challenging and seductive fashion photography of the last century. He worked for French Vogue for over 30 years, from 1955–1987, and his images filled the pages of international fashion magazines during the 1970s and 1980s in groundbreaking campaigns for Charles Jourdan, Bloomingdales and Dior. His high-glamour, yet often surreal work revolutionized the genre of fashion photography, presenting fashion as the luxurious embellishment rather than the subject of his photographs, which foreground dark fantasies of lust, consumption and desire. Bourdin’s legacy can still be seen in the work of photographers such as Stephen Meisel and Helmut Newton. This accessible monograph is the perfect introduction to his work.
Natur: Michael Schmidt
In a series of black and white images of the German landscape made between 1987 and 1997, Michael Schmidt has forged a new pictorial language to deconstruct the world he observes. Concerned with light and form, Schmidt’s images contain a wealth of silver tones, a spectrum of rich greys which evolve from light to dark in mystical, imperceptible gradients. But the black and white filter is also a tool that allows Schmidt to neutralise the world, impeding the subjective perception of his viewer. It is through his editorial process, a process of montage, that Schmidt constructs an interior dialect, fashioning a self-contained world within the linear sequence of the book.
PHOTOFILE: Man Ray
One of the most famous artists of the twentieth century, a Dadaist and pioneer of Surrealism, Man Ray (1890-1976) became involved with photography in 1914.
He was soon experimenting with different processes—solarization, negative images, multiple exposures—and in 1921 he created the “rayograph.” This volume collects together the best of his experimental work, as well as portraits of some of the most important figures in modern art.
PHOTOFILE: Found Photography
A side effect of the rise of photography as a popular art form has been the accumulation of a huge body of images whose photographers and subjects remain unknown. These include fascinating photographs—some almost masterpieces—that could easily have been lost if it hadn’t been for their chance rediscovery in libraries, archives, homes, and institutions.
This book presents a selection of these mysterious images that provides an alternative history of the medium. They portray a striking range of people, animals, and objects, captured in scenes that can be witty, touching, sinister, or surreal.