Sex Death & Shoes_

Guy Bourdin

In the glossy pulp-crime world conjured by the late Guy Bourdin, women are handcuffed, hung, drowned, tied to train tracks, and crushed by sedans. They are anonymous and indistinct victims, their heads and faces often cropped off the page—their only identifiers being the beautiful clothes and, especially, the shoes they leave behind. With his unmistakable signature look—“the decked-out ingenue with a touch of morbid fantasy,”[1] as The New Yorkerdescribed it—Bourdin became one of the most influential and mythic fashion photographers of the twentieth century.