May 24, 2013

New Blood

Guy Bourdin and Venfield 8

Guy Bourdin’s borderline morbid images are thought to be the result of the photographer’s childhood, abandoned by his mother at a young age, coupled with a string of relationships with suicidal women, his wife is thought to have committed suicide, one girlfriend hung herself and another attempted with slashed wrists. Nonetheless, Bourdin’s provocative images which portrayed inanimate, lifeless women as dead or bleeding victims were published in French Vogue and served as Charles Jourdan ad campaigns. This is perhaps due to Bourdin’s hyperreal aesthetic and saturated colors that seemingly discredit the image’s believability, such as Bourdin’s 1980 image for Pentax Calendars. Bourdin works are continuously referenced and recreated as seen in Venfield 8′s 2013 homage to Bourdin entitled, Vehicular Bourdin. 

Guy Boudrin for Pentax Calendars, 1980

Guy Boudrin for Pentax Calendars, 1980

 

 

Vehicular Bourdin by Venfield 8, 2013

Vehicular Bourdin by Venfield 8, 2013

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One Comment

  1. ck

    June 4, 2013 at 4:10 am

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    Thank you for the astute recognition of V8s homage... I love, love, love his work and have been following since the first few postings on Tmblr. As versed as I pretend to be in both established and recent photographers, I did not catch this connection. I certainly appreciate Venfields depth of thinking in his work, albeit it can delicately roll by as effortless and occasionally tongue-in-cheek... (tmblr pun intended) Thats the beauty if both of the photographers above and the sign of a great artist... making the complex seem simple and the well designed seem organic. As someone who makes a living sitting behind a camera, I have respect and admiration for those who can pull it off.... the difficulty factor is only known to those who have tried, and understood by those who succeed. Thank you for this wonderful site!

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