Louise Alexander Gallery

Pier 94, New York 04/04/2019 — 07/04/2019
The Photography Show 2019, 4-7 April, Pier 94

LOUISE ALEXANDER GALLERY/The Photography Show presented by AIPAD 2019
APRIL, 4-7 | Pier 94, New York

For its first presence at The Photography Show, Louise Alexander Gallery will present a solo show with legendary photographer Guy Bourdin unveiling unseen and iconic works shot in New York between the 1950s and 1980s including personal archives coinciding his first exhibition in New York in 1956, early black and white editorials published for Vogue France in the 1960s, to the distinctive colour editorial and advertising imagery such as the 1976 Bloomingdales lingerie catalogue which represents a highpoint in late 20th century fashion photography.

This exhibition highlights Bourdin’s relationship with New York which began in 1956 when as a young photographer at Vogue Paris he took an end of year trip to New York in preparation for an exhibition of his paintings and drawings at Peter Deitsch Gallery in New York. During this time Bourdin visited an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, a retrospective of Balthus who plays influence to Bourdin’s mysterious narratives and geometric compositions.

In 1976, Bloomingdales commissioned Bourdin to shoot a photo-series mail order lingerie catalogue ‘Sighs & Whispers’ representing his unconventional use of colour, cropping, unrealistic settings and a cinematic portraiture that are integral to Bourdin’s practice.

The chronologic curated booth will consist of vintage prints, black and white spreads, Polaroid’s, films and hyper-real colour prints which spanned his 40 years working with leading fashion houses and magazines.

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Selected works