Body Unbound


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SpecificationsISBN: 978-0692772-43-0 Binding: Hardbound Pages: 256pp Publication Date: Spring 2020 Rights World: Available Size: 12.25” x 12.25” Square
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Jean-Paul Bourdier is a photographer of unique style, skilled passion and compelling imagination. His images balance across the nexus of multiple crafts- among them painting, poetry, and performance art. His work is stunningly original, brimming with self-assurance, and paradoxically, both simple and yet complex. Each image is a unique scene – created, staged, captured – of natural landscapes joined with the human form, expressing beauty, truth and wonder in the physical plane, as well as what is in our imaginations.

Jean-Paul uses no digital enhancement; it is all analog photography. What you see on the page is what was really there.

In Body Unbound, Jean-Paul explores the cycle of human existence through our passage through birth, life, and death. For the first time, he also reveals his contemplative thoughts on his work and its relationship to the universe that surrounds us.

Jean-Paul Bourdier is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Photography and Visual Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His earlier photographic publications include Body Unbound, 2017, Leap into the Blue, 2012; Bodyscapes, 2007; and he has authored books on traditional dwellings In West Africa (Vernacular Architecture of West Africa, 2011; Habiter Un Monde, 2005; Drawn From African Dwellings, 1996; and African Spaces, 1986) written with Trinh T. Minh-ha. He has collaborated on several installations including The Desert is Watching (2003 Kyoto Art Biennale, Japan) and L’Autre Marche (2006 Musee de Quai Branly, Paris). He has helped produce eight feature-length films directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha. He was born and raised in France, taught in Italy and Senegal, and moved to the US where he has also taught in Georgia Institute of Technology, MIT and the University of Oklahoma.








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Spring 2020

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12.25” x 12.25” Square