Jean-Paul Bourdier

Jean -Paul Bourdier is a French-born photographer who lives in California. He is the author of Leap into the Blue (2013), Bodyscapes, 2007, co -authored by Trinh T. Minh. Bourdier was also production designer for seven films and co - director of two with Trinh Minh. Bourdier has won the Guggenheim, American Council of Learned Societies, NEA, Graham, UC President's Humanities and Getty awards. He is also a Professor of Architecture, Photography and Visual Studies at UC Berkeley.

One of the main interests Bourdier's works is that in the age of digital photography. He uses analogue photography. His tools are the human body, paint, landscapes and a camera. Everything you see is actually happening at the time and the space in front of the camera, an example of his skills as a photographer, a vivid imagination and a strong will to devote the time and energy necessary to perform these great pictures. Bourdier creates a surreal world of surprising and unexpected color with highlights and fascinating beauty.

Jean -Paul Bourdier does not shoot randomly. His photographs planned out thoroughly, and later represented by a handful of models. These are not professional, great beauties that cause a strong visual effect, but ordinary people who blend into the landscape to achieve the desired effect by the artist. (8/14)

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Forgetting Vietnam

A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha, Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier, 2015, 90 min.
One of the myths surrounding the creation of Vietnam involves a fight between two dragons whose intertwined bodies fell into the South China Sea and f...

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Night Passage

Directed and produced by Trinh T. Minh-ha and Jean-Paul Bourdier, 2004, 98 min., Color
Made in homage to Kenji Miyazawa’s children’s sci-fi classic MILKY WAY RAILROAD, NIGHT PASSAGE is the latest experimental feature from celebrated film...

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The Fourth Dimension

A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha
Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier and Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 2001, 87 min., Color

Acclaimed filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha ventures into the digital realm with her stunning new feature, THE FOURTH DIMENSION, an incisive and insightful e...

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Shoot for the Contents

Co-produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 1991, 101 min., Color

Reflecting on Mao’s famous saying, “Let a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend,” Trinh T. Minh-ha’s film—whose title refer...

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Surname Viet Given Name Nam

Assoc. produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 1989, 108 min., Color

Of marriage and loyalty: “Daughter, she obeys her father/ Wife, she obeys her husband/ Widow, she obeys her son.”...

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Naked Spaces Living is Round

Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 1985, 135 min., Color

Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, NAKED SPACES explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (...

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A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha, Co-produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 1982, 40 min., Color

Women are the focus but not the object of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s influential first film, a complex visual study of the women of rural Senegal. Through a c...

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