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GUY BOURDIN (1928-1991)
GUY BOURDIN (1928-1991)

Chapeau-Choc, 1954

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GUY BOURDIN (1928-1991)
Chapeau-Choc, 1954
gelatin silver print
annotated in pencil (verso)
4 3/8 x 8 5/8in. (11.2 x 22cm.)
Literature
Hall (editor), Photography Year Book 1956, Photography Magazine Ltd., p. 146;
Braive, The Era of the Photograph, Thames and Hudson, 1965, p. 318, one of the four recorded prints illustrated;
Philippe Garner, 'The Formative Years', in: Cotton and Verthime, Guy Bourdin, V&A Publications, 2003, p. 140, another of the four recorded prints illustrated.

Post lot text
The author explains: 'His first fashion images were made for a feature, Chapeau-Choc, for the February 1955 issue [of Vogue]. [Edmonde] Charles-Roux [the Editor] went on location with Bourdin on the streets of Paris.... He posed model Sophie Litvak in a broad-brimmed hat in front of a row of gutted rabbits in the March de Buci. The sharply focused image...was anarchic and aggressive. The picture was rejected by Vogue. Bourdin had indulged his taste for provocation and revealed the perverse streak that ran through his imagination.'

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