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Accession Number
1989/1.74.7

Title
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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
The work is a color photograph of three models in various styles of underwear and brassieres. They stand close to one another, with their arms outstretched above their heads. They stand against a blank wall, their dark shadows projecting behind them.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
brassieres
cast shadows
fashion photography
indoor photography
models (people)
modern and contemporary art
standing
underwear
women (female humans)

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