Edition : First / Gottingen / Steidl / 2006 / Softcover. / Fine / Fine 4to. 2 volumes. 312pp. Cloth with pictoral onlay in slipcase. Still sealed.
The far superior first printing. The late 1970s, recognised as the high note of his career, is the focal point of this book. The first part of A Message for You shows the legendary, nearly forgotten images and rarely seen variants of a single model, Nicolle Meyer. She appeared in over thirty of Bourdin’s famous campaigns for Charles Jourdan and in iconic French Vogue editorials. The second part of the book explores Bourdin’s pictorial landscape, a collage of images that maps his artistic vision. The texts, Polaroids, poems, sketches and contact sheets unfold through Nicolle Meyer’s memories and capture moments of Bourdin’s work in progress.