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Accession Number
1989/1.74.1

Title
Untitled

Artist(s)
Guy Bourdin

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1976

Medium & Support
chromogenic print on paper

Dimensions
13 1/16 in x 18 in (33.18 cm x 45.72 cm)

Credit Line
Anonymous Gift: New York

Subject matter
This is a chromogenic reproduction of a plate from Sighs and Whispers. Bourdin was commissioned by Arthur Cohen, the vice president of Bloomingdale’s, to produce this photographic series for the store’s September 1976 lingerie catalog. The catalog quickly became a collector's item, due to the scarcity of Bourdin's work. He rarely chose to reproduce his photographs in contexts other than magazines and catalogs. This series exemplifies Bourdin's atypical and boundary-pushing approach to fashion photography. The series references but does not create narrative through the deployment of tableau and B-movie aesthetics. Bourdin employed formal devices such as cropped interior spaces, dramatic lighting, cast shadows, and often-overt references to sexuality, which were strategies that he utilized throughout his career.​ When this catalog was released in America, it was met with mixed reviews and controversy, much like his notorious work for Charles Jourdan Shoes in France in preceding decades.

Physical Description
This work is a color photograph of three women standing outside at night, each facing toward the right side of the frame. The women descend into the background from right to left. The subjects conform to a type, with similar body structure, hair style and hair color. The red velvet of their dresses, one with a navy overcoat, contrasts against the deep blue hues of the background.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
clock
clothed
clouds
fashion photography
fashions
groups
models (people)
modern and contemporary art
night
night photography
nightgowns
standing
tower clocks (clocks)
women (female humans)

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