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Body Unbound - explores human existence through the physical,
the ethereal, and our cultural ancestry.

 
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About

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 i s 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 is what was really there.

Jean-Paul Bourdier is a Professor of Architecture, Photography and Visual Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  His earlier photographic publications include 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 du 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 taught extensively throughout the university system. He permanently resides in California.