Sighs and Whispers. A lingerie catalog produced for Bloomingdale's, New York, 1976. First edition. 34 pages. Small oblong quarto. Softcover. Wrappers. Saddle-stitched. 36 color reproductions.
The famous lingerie catalog produced for Bloomingdale's, New York, 1976. "In some sense, the only 'book' [Guy Bourdin] published of his work in his lifetime, this eerie opus is an influential combination of commerce, fashion, and art--well, if nor art, then photography as its unruly, promiscuous doppelganger...With a keen economy of means and no digital effects, the images make much contemporary photography feel tired by comparison. That he worked in the context of the fashion magazine and advertising is only another lesson in art's and photography's elsewhere."--Bruce Hainley, Artforum, December, 2001
Extremely scarce and important work by Guy Bourdin. The only 'Book' as it were, of his work published during his lifetime. Bourdin was extremely publicity shy, and was not interested in praise or the publishing of his work, meaning that during his lifetime he was overshadowed by contemporaries such as Helmut Newton. However, since his death in 1991, there has been a critical reappraisal of his work, often typified by its surreal and menacing imagery. This Sighs and Whispers is a complete work made in 1976 while he was working for Charles Jourdan, Gianfranco Ferre and others and was shot as a lingerie catalog for Bloomingdales using models he had found himself in various nightclubs and cafes. Eerie and ethereal, it is considered by many to be his best work.