Guy Bourdin: Image maker

French fashion photographer and artist Guy Bourdin rose to fame in the 1970s for his provocative work. His first major retrospective in the UK, Guy Bourdin: Image-Maker at Somerset House, sets out to capture the 40-year career of this enigmatic creative from Man Ray’s protégé to famed photographer. In Bourdin’s fashion photography the product is secondary to the image. He almost decorates the space around his models – his images... Read More

Horst: a magician with light

‘Electric Beauty’ are four black and white photographs taken by Horst P Horst in 1939. They are a satirical comment on the futility of extreme modern beauty treatment, fashionable in the 1930s, at a time when the world was on the brink of war. We see the model undergo various bizarre procedures, yet she seems blissfully unaware – in one she is even wearing a creepy mask – of the danger of electrocution. The sinister atmosphere... Read More

Book review: Deborah Turbeville

Deborah Turbeville has for many years been a great source of inspiration for my work and collections.  Our design studio walls at GharaniStrok were plastered with inspirational images of which Turbeville held a strong presence. They included The Bathhouse (1975) – one of my favourites – as well as Nova (Clevedon, London 1973) and Charlotte Gainsbourg, shot in an image reminiscent of a turn of the century Chaplinesque heroine. #gallery-3... Read More

Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Pictures

‘Perhaps the most interesting thing about my photographs is that they are a little bit of an enigma; they are hard to place,’ wrote Deborah Turbeville on her evocative photography. To celebrate the work of this visionary American fashion photographer, The Wapping Project has organised an exhibition of her work in London that aims to blur the boundaries between commercial fashion and fine art photography. #gallery-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-4... Read More