Staged dramatics and saturated fantasy characterize Bourdin's advertising and editorial photography. Commercial images in origin, they are now finding their appropriate context in modern art.

Presented for the first time for public sale, forty-one works from the Guy Bourdin estate have been exclusively printed for the exhibition and sale event.

Featuring images previously seen only within the timely pages of French Vogue in the 1950s and '60s, as well as pieces from the Charles Jourdan advertising campaigns in the 1970s, the exhibit is a rare opportunity to see groundbreaking fashion photography with artfully surrealist narratives. His composition, however, is conventional - somewhat calming even. He brilliantly juxtaposes careful image construction with playful, candy-like colors, adding structure to the subconscious, form to imagination, sensuality to the abstract.

Bourdin was notoriously aggressive in chasing the perfect image, often putting models at risk and assistants on strange search missions for props in order to serve the perfection of his vision. The result is nothing short of visual craftsmanship and very, very attractive images that are destined to sell.