Earlier this month, the French American Cultural Exchange celebrated the publication of “Guy Bourdin: In Between” with an exhibition of 32 rare prints, many of which have not been seen or shown outside of their original publications. While Bourdin is best known for his groundbreaking color photographs, this exhibition celebrates the lesser-known black and white works that make up half of the photographer’s oeuvre.
Bourdin, long heralded as one of the masters of the medium from the 1950s to 1980s, is enjoying a revival in the worlds of fashion and fine arts, thanks, in part, to the efforts of curator Shelley Verthime and Bourdin’s son, Samuel, who have worked to bring his art back into the public eye.
Samuel Bourdin recently sat down with Need to Know to discuss his father’s legacy. Launch the audio slideshow.
“Guy Bourdin: In Between” will be on view at the French Cultural Embassy in New York City until Dec. 10, 2010.