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2009 May 8

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(LONDON) A former hydraulic power station in East London was the setting for a surrealist fantasy Thursday evening at the opening fête for The Wapping Project's "Unseen Guy Bourdin" (open until July 4), where a fashion-and-art-heavy crowd packed in to view the latest exhibition of the iconic photographer's work--including some never-before-seen images. In an homage to the Surrealist love for staged environments, the setting for the photos was a faux-grass-floored room, where Bourdin's signature long-limbed muses (or just select body parts) posed provocatively on plush fabrics."The one of an eye looking through the shadow of a keyhole shows Guy's love of the Surrealists," explained Bourdin's muse, Nicolle Meyer, who flew in from Mexico just for the occasion. "But my favourite is the one we used on the book cover for Guy Bourdin: A Message For You." Henry Holland went straight for the fashion-focused photo. "I love that one of the purple outfit in the sunset. I love his work anyway, but that one's just amazing."

As interesting as Bourdin's pics are, it seems like behind the scenes is where the real action was happening. "I have a collage of memories of working with Guy," mused Meyer. "But the craziest thing I ever did was get tied up to a pole with blood running from my nipples."
JENNIFER BARTON

 




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