Naked Landscapes

about Jean-Paul Bourdier

Visions by Jean-Paul Bourdier are an absolutely creative and hypnotic example of interaction between body and its surroundings. Through his compelling use of colors, merging or standing out within surreal environments, you are able to dive into moving atmospheres that resemble Storm Thorgerson‘s covers. A unique style, skilled passion and great imagination. His photographs balance across the nexus of multiple crafts — among them painting, poetry, and performance art. 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 is what was really there.

Born and raised in France, Jean-Paul is a Professor of Architecture, Photography and Visual Studies at the University of California, Berkeley — he taught in Italy and Senegal, too. His earlier photographic publications include Leap Into the Blue, 2012 and Bodyscapes, 2007. He has collaborated on several installations including The Desert is Watching — 2003 Kyoto Art Biennale, Japan — and L’Autre marche — 2006 Musee du Quai Branly, Paris.

Jean-Paul has helped produce eight feature-length films directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha. He permanently resides in California, US, where he has taught extensively throughout the university system.


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