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Vogue Paris, May 1970 © Guy Bourdin, Courtesy of Somerset House  Vogue Paris, May 1970 © Guy Bourdin, Courtesy of Somerset House

>>Whenever I’m asked that age old question “What inspires you?” my answer seemingly appears to start with the phrase “I’ve always had a fascination with [insert artistic category here]”. But indeed, photography has always inspired me and has been an inspirational factor in my artistic direction (excuse the overused phrase). Inspired by my father (and the relenting seasonal family photo sessions) it has compelled me throughout my creative journey to learn more intensely about the camera & its alluring lens. Having spent a brief stint in 2013 working within the fashion office at Central Saint Martins and working alongside some of the most creative academics I was keen to view Prof. Alistair O’Neill’s latest exhibition piece – Guy Bourdin: Image Maker. Having visited his previous curation  ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!’ I was truly compelled to experience the biggest concentration of Bourdin’s work exhibited which Alistair curated along Shelly Verthime as co-curators.

What struck me whist visiting this exhibition was the ever striking dialogue between both fashion and interiors. During a talk at Somerset House hosted by Alistair he confirmed that within Bourdin’s body of work he unseeingly yet profoundly connected with not just the fashion elements but the interior and architectural structures composed within his shots. The exhibition also delves into his comprehensive thought & planning processes. Bourdin methodically outlined his vision for each shoot through detailed sketches, excessive notes and mini super-8 videos. This body of both published and unseen/unpublished work are also exhibited here together with illustrations of his prepared layouts for Vogue Paris (it was unheard of at the time for a photographer to have this level of control over the layout of the final spread). In essence Bourdin is indeed an inspiration and a creative genius. His thought-processes and creative vision alone is certainly something which should be explored & discovered during your visit to this exhibit.

Guy Bourdin - Autumn 1970: Taken during my visit at the Guy Bourdin: Imager Maker Exhibition Guy Bourdin – Autumn 1970: Taken during my visit at the Guy Bourdin: Imager Maker Exhibition Guy Bourdin - Autumn 1970: Taken during my visit at the Guy Bourdin: Imager Maker Exhibition Guy Bourdin – Autumn 1970: Taken during my visit at the Guy Bourdin: Imager Maker Exhibition

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