Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan, 1979, © Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017, courtesy Louise Alexander Gallery

bourdin & newton at the helmut newton foundation, berlin

The two most influential image makers of the 70s were Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton, whose work continues to echo through culture decades later. They both worked for Vogue Paris and there was considerable competition between them about who could push their vision further. Guy and I shared an agent in the early 80s and I was privy to some of the backstage drama of his work. Hint: he was difficult, with a capital D, but brilliant. Helmut was a charming man, whose boundary-pushing work, in his mind, was all about making women powerful. There was considerable controversy about that, but his legacy speaks for itself and is on display — along with Bourdin’s work this December — at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.