Guy Bourdin (December 2, 1928 in Paris – March 29, 1991 in Paris) was a French fashion photographer. Cycling was one of his loves. At the age of eighteen he went on a cycle tour of Provence where he met Lucien Henry, an art dealer. He stayed at his house for six months where he seriously applied himself to drawing and painting and decided to become an artist. When it was time for his military service he ended up in Dakar as an aerial photographer in the Air Force. After his military service he returned to Paris and found a job as salesman of camera lenses. He still drew and painted and started taking pictures for himself. The seminal moment in his life came when he saw Edward Weston's 1930 photograph, Pepper. That photograph changed his perception of the medium and changed the course of his life. He was influenced by Surrealism and of all the Surrealists his greatest influence was Man Ray. He knocked on his door on six occasions and was turned away by Man Ray's wife. On the seventh Man Ray himself answered the door and invited him in and they became friends. He even wrote the catalogue text to Bourdin's first exhibition in 1952. Two years later at the age of 27 he went to see Vogue who offered him a job. His first fashion shots were published in the February issue of Vogue Paris in 1955. He continued to work for the magazine until 1987.