May 9, 2013

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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One Comment

  1. Gabrielle Bonheur

    May 10, 2013 at 3:40 am

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    What??? Terry R. displaying at the same time a total lack of imagination and creativity while yet managing to degrade a woman? I am SO shocked! Pffff... Shame of all the brands that still enable him and will - some day - get tainted by the scandal "de trop" that is bound to happen and will 'explose' finally this predator's lamentable career. Huge fan of Bourdin though... Always was. French Vogue is the 80's was always about him and Helmut Newton having creative battles over the pages. Women were strong, empowered by the colors, the clothes, their talents and the images were fresh and new. It was epic! Track down those issues over ebay or when you are next in Paris in specialized stores and on the river banks. They are incredibly inspiring.

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