Guy Bourdin, a French fashion photographer, is highly recognized for his ability and talent to capture surrealistic, provocative images. Bourdin became involved with photography while training as a cadet in French Air Force and soon returned to open exhibitions under the pseudonym, Edwin Hallan. The world was first introduced to his work in 1955 when his work was published in the February issue of Vogue Paris, where he continued to work at until 1987. Bourdin also worked as the photographer for the ad campaigns of infamous French shoe designer, Charles Jourdan, between 1967 and 1981. He was recognized and awarded by the French Ministry of Culture with the Grand Prix National de la Photographie, but turned the award down. His style of work has been categorized as controversial due to his demeaning attitude towards his models on set. However, Bourdin’s skill in capturing complex, narrative moments while focusing on a fashion item has earned him to be recognized as one of the greatest fashion photographersof all time. His photos visually encapsulates “sensual, shocking, exotic, sometimes sinister” moods that are full of mystery, danger, and sexuality. To view the work and images of the late Bourdin, click here.