A painter, a photographer, bearing the surrealist legacy of artists like Man Ray, who managed to portray fashion and its symbols as expression of the human psyche: Guy Bourdin is definitely one of the most interesting image makers since the 1950s. All about his images is aimed to entice the senses: his style is ‘sensual’ by definition, exploiting the potential of colours and details to strike the audience and force them to stare and question what is behind the surface of the image.
The exhibition at Armani / Silos does exactly this: it delves behind the surface and tells the story of a man capable of telling stories with his photos. The show is a tribute to Bourdin and celebrates his visual style: it is a new interpretation of the work of the photographer, whose imagery has usually been considered for its provocative and alluding qualities. Instead of focusing on the flair of the images, the show at Armani / Silos gathers the most compelling stories the photographer has been able to condense in his iconic shots.