Parisian Guy Bourdin, famed for his graphic images, was the first photographer to create a complex narrative, then snatch a moment — sensual, provocative, shocking, exotic, surrealistic, sometimes sinister — and simply associate it with a fashion item. The narratives were strange and mysterious, sometimes full of violence, sexuality, and surrealism. Bourdin was influenced by his mentor Man Ray, photographer Edward Weston, the surrealist painters Magritte and Balthus, and film maker Luis Buñuel.

The world of Guy Bourdin is an interesting one, but it is his graphic compositions and confident use of bold primary colours that make him one of our ‘greats’.

Various images by Guy Bourdin via Google