Sighs and Whispers. A lingerie catalogue produced for Bloomingdale's, New York, 1976. 34 pp. Small oblong quarto. Wrappers. Saddle-stitched. 36 color reproductions. Original mail-order envelop.
"His annus mirabilis was 1976. While continuing to work for long-term client Roland Jourdan of Charles Jourdan shoes, Guy Bourdin created advertising campaigns that year for Gianfranco Ferre, Complice and Callaghan (designed by Gianni Versace), Madame Gres, and Loewe, among others, and still managed to put together his dazzling "Sighs and Whispers" lingerie catalogue for Bloomingdale's. In some sense the only "book" he 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 doppelanger...With 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
Fine-; trace scuffing to wraps.