A Leg Up

Guy Bourdin and Terry RichardsonGuy Bourdin’s titillating images often featured scantily dressed models in provocative poses and environments, injecting a raw, borderline-agressive sexuality into his photographs. Guy Bourdin is most-known for his ad campaigns for Charles Jourdan, of which he shot exclusively from 1972 – 1981. These campaigns regularly featured a pair of disembodied legs clad in little but a pair of Charles Jourdan shoes. In photographing the footwear campaign for Aldo, Terry Richardson undoubtedly looked to Bourdin, following his signature pictorial format of a pair of bodiless high-heeled legs.

Charles Jourdan Spring 1979 Ad Campaign by Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan Spring 1979 Ad Campaign by Guy Bourdin

 

Aldo Fall Winter 2012 Ad Campaign by Terry Richardson

Aldo Fall Winter 2012 Ad Campaign by Terry Richardson

 

 

 

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