"GUY BOURDIN, A MESSAGE FOR YOU" par Nicolle MEYER, Shelly VERTHIME & Pascal DANGIN. Editions Steidl, Göttingen. 2013.
GUY BOURDIN, A MESSAGE FOR YOU
"GUY BOURDIN, A MESSAGE FOR YOU" par Nicolle MEYER, Shelly VERTHIME & Pascal DANGIN. Editions Steidl, Göttingen. 2013. Seconde édition. Fort petit in-4, couverture toilée rouge sous jaquette photo. 320 pages. Texte en anglais de Nicolle Meyer, Shelly Verthime, préface d'Albert Elbaz, illustré de très nombreuses reproductions photographiques dont 75 planches couleurs, pleine page et double page.
"A photographer taking a Polaroid picture in the studios is like a designer looking at the reflection of a dress in the mirror of the atelier. We both check colors, proportions, and details searching for the truth through which we try to find ourselves. Photographers, like designers, are both working with women, for women, but mostly, around them. Creating an image, like producing a collection, is a process that starts with an idea, a blank page, and always alone. The process ends when the abstract and the reality become one. Your dream turns into reality. In my studio, I start with a piece of fabric, an idea, a mirror and a woman; a woman I never call a model. I start draping a piece of fabric around her body and she transforms the cloth into a dress - that's the magic. I look at her reflection in the mirror, and I see the dress but she is no longer there; she makes herself disappear. She becomes a phantom. This is Nicole, Nicole Meyer the phantom of Guy Bourdin. Nicole worked with Guy Bourdin from 1977 through 1980, maybe the most important years in Mr. Bourdin's work; years when he pushed all the limits and framed emotion and intellect into images. That collaboration between Mr. Bourdin and Nicolle created this book. It is one of stories with no words, no paragraphs and no chapters. Mr. Bourdin used lighting and perspective in his images like a writer uses ink to create words. Nicolle was the integral part of his vision. She was his canvas. She comes and goes, appears and disappears- always different but always the same. She gave Mr. Bourdin the freedom to dream and think..." Albert Elbaz.