Photographer reveals email Anthony Bourdain sent her after iconic nude ‘drunkenshot went viral

Photographer reveals email Anthony Bourdain sent her after iconic nude 'drunken' shot went viral
The photo of the late celebrity chef was re-shared on social media

A revealing photo of the late celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, has resurfaced online in recent days.

Vanity Fair Instagram account posted a picture of Bourdain from Melanie Dunea’s 2007 book My Last Supper.

Vanity Fair described the image asone of the most indelible images ever taken of the late Anthony Bourdain”. The image shows Bourdain naked andarmed with a bone and a cigarette”, in the words of Dunea.

Wiring in the magazine, Dunea recalled her memories of taking the picture and the reaction which ensued when the photo went viral.

Neither of us had expected this image to become such a big deal,” Dunea wrote. “Images have so much power and you can’t control the interpretations. I didn’t regret it, but I understood,” she continued.

She went on to describe how Bourdain didn’t want to appear at her book signings for fear of being seen to “sell” a naked picture of himself. Dunea shared an email response she received from Bourdain at the time.

It read: “…And to be honest, I’m very wary of being seen to ‘sell’ naked pic of myself. 毫无疑问, I’ll be asked to comment numerous times and will of course, sing book’s praises!”

她补充说: “His email reassured me. It seemed fair. And I shouldn’t have been so surprised considering what he wrote in the introduction.

I’m of two minds about my photograph,” Bourdain said at the time. “I do always joke that (as a comedian once suggested) ‘I want to leave this world as I entered it: naked, screaming, and covered with blood,’ but I think perhaps Melanie might have taken me too literally. I am sure we can all agree that it’s probably not wise to make career decisions after four shots of tequila.

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The sharing of the photograph coincides with the release of a new documentary about the late celebrity chef, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain died by suicide in June 2018. He was best known as the host of acclaimed travel series Parts Unknown, and as the author of books including the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.

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